Air Pollution in Jakarta Reaches Alarming Levels, Tops Global Air Pollution Index

Jakarta's Air Pollution

Air pollution in the skies above DKI Jakarta has been observed to worsen, reaching a critical level and earning the city the dubious distinction of having the highest air pollution in the world, according to the latest reports.

The air quality index for Jakarta on Wednesday (14/6/2023) stood at a concerning level of 157, firmly placing it in the unhealthy category. This revelation, sourced from IQAir, underscores the severity of the situation.

When comparing Jakarta’s air quality index with other cities, the contrast is striking. Santiago, Chile, registered a level of 154, while Delhi, India, followed closely behind with a level of 151. The fact that Jakarta surpasses these cities in terms of air pollution highlights the urgency of addressing this critical issue.

Moreover, among the cities worldwide grappling with air pollution, Shenyang, China, emerged as the city with the highest pollution levels, recording a level of 132, classified as unhealthy for sensitive groups. Wuhan, China, also experienced significant air pollution, with a level of 117 falling under the unhealthy category for sensitive groups.

As the focus shifts to other regions, Lahore, Pakistan, remains on the list of cities with poor air quality, reporting a level of 107, while Beijing, China, follows closely behind with a level of 106. Additionally, Dhaka, Bangladesh, recorded a level of 105, while Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is classified as unhealthy for sensitive groups.

In light of these concerning findings, authorities urge residents of areas with unhealthy air quality to take necessary precautions. Wearing masks during outdoor activities is strongly recommended to minimize exposure to pollutants. Furthermore, it is advisable to keep windows closed to prevent the infiltration of contaminated outdoor air, use air filters indoors, and limit time spent outside whenever possible.

The situation calls for heightened awareness and proactive measures to combat the detrimental effects of air pollution. Individuals and communities must remain vigilant in safeguarding their health and actively contribute to the collective effort to improve air quality for a healthier and sustainable future.