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10 Dec 2019 | 04:31 AM UTC

Afghanistan: Hazardous air quality levels reported in Kabul December 10

Hazardous air quality levels reported in Kabul December 10, situation expected to improve over the coming days



As of Tuesday, December 10, hazardous air quality levels have been recorded in Kabul, with an Air Quality Index (AQI) reading of 170 at 13:00 (local time) in the US Embassy area. On Monday, December 9, the AQI reading in Kabul peaked at 417 at around 15:00. Air quality is expected to improve in the coming days.


An AQI reading of 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 moderate, and 101-200+ unhealthy.


Individuals present in Kabul are advised to monitor the situation, limit outdoor activities until the situation normalizes, and wear N95 rated masks as a protection. Children and those with chronic respiratory illnesses should exercise increased caution. Individuals are advised to seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.