The air quality has degraded throughout the country in recent days.
The lack of winter rainfall caused high levels of air pollution in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Tulsipur, Dhankuta and in the southern plains, according to the Meteorological Forecasting Division, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology. The lack of precipitation has intensified problems of fog and haze in the Tarai.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) has reached 153 followed by 154 in Bhaktapur as measured in the morning Thursday. Similarly, it was measured at 108 in Tulsipur and 106 in Dhankuta.
The AQI level 0-50 is considered good for public health whereas AQI above 100 is unhealthy generating adversity for children, aged people along with. And, it is harmful for all if it exceeds 150.