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Kyrgyzstan: Thick smog covers Bishkek as city becomes third most polluted worldwide03:49

Kyrgyzstan: Thick smog covers Bishkek as city becomes third most polluted worldwide

Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
enero 22, 2023 at 20:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thick smog covered Bishkek on Saturday as the Kyrgyz capital become the third most polluted city worldwide, according to IQAir air quality and pollution index at the time of publication.

Footage shows the city shrouded in smog and the puffs of exhaust from road traffic.

Residents expressed concern over the pollution's consequences on their health, as the smog covers the city on yearly basis.

"It shocks me how dirty the air is there [in the city], just black-black smog. You wipe the floors every day - [they are] black. It all stays in our lungs," said citizen Olga Tuzova.

Medetbek Anarbek Uulu, Head of the Control and Inspection at the Ministry of Nature of Kyrgyzstan, said that the city's pollution has become acute over the past five to six years, adding that the government was trying to take measures to decrease the Co2 levels.

"We have special devices for measuring carbon monoxide. We bought them ourselves, and international donors also bought them for us. We check the smoke of cars with their help, and if poisonous substances exceed the norm, then we fine [drivers]," the man explained.

Every winter the city records a sharp increase in the level of PM2.5 particles in the air, which is an air pollutant dangerous to human health.

In October 2022, a study by the Finnish Meteorological Institute on air quality in Bishkek showed that the main source of air pollution in the Kyrgyz capital is coal used to heat residential buildings.

Since 2016, Bishkek has consistently ranked among the ten most polluted cities in the world.

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Thick smog covered Bishkek on Saturday as the Kyrgyz capital become the third most polluted city worldwide, according to IQAir air quality and pollution index at the time of publication.

Footage shows the city shrouded in smog and the puffs of exhaust from road traffic.

Residents expressed concern over the pollution's consequences on their health, as the smog covers the city on yearly basis.

"It shocks me how dirty the air is there [in the city], just black-black smog. You wipe the floors every day - [they are] black. It all stays in our lungs," said citizen Olga Tuzova.

Medetbek Anarbek Uulu, Head of the Control and Inspection at the Ministry of Nature of Kyrgyzstan, said that the city's pollution has become acute over the past five to six years, adding that the government was trying to take measures to decrease the Co2 levels.

"We have special devices for measuring carbon monoxide. We bought them ourselves, and international donors also bought them for us. We check the smoke of cars with their help, and if poisonous substances exceed the norm, then we fine [drivers]," the man explained.

Every winter the city records a sharp increase in the level of PM2.5 particles in the air, which is an air pollutant dangerous to human health.

In October 2022, a study by the Finnish Meteorological Institute on air quality in Bishkek showed that the main source of air pollution in the Kyrgyz capital is coal used to heat residential buildings.

Since 2016, Bishkek has consistently ranked among the ten most polluted cities in the world.