Even-though the technological advancements simplified our lives and changed our lifestyle, its byproducts has slowly increased the contamination and pollution level of our environment. Almost, all the countries in the world are affected by pollution, while certain countries/states are affected a lot than we guessed.
So, if you’re in an idea of traveling or relocating your residence, stop and think twice before you consider these top polluted cities which are listed below. Because the rate of birth defects, cancer and respiratory diseases are high on those cities because of the level of pollution and contamination in their.
Top Six Polluted Cities In The World
1. Linfen, China:
The Linfen City is located in the bank of the Fen River. According to Time Magazine, it is not only the most polluted city in China, but also in the world. In this country, if you hang your white shirt, you will find that your shirt is changed into black color even before they dry.
The Linfen city is part of China’s coal belt, with the hills around the district saturated with legal and illegal mines. Even the legal mines in this country do not follow the anti-pollution regulations. The city’s air is constantly polluted with the burning coal and because of that many people are affected by respiratory disorders such as asthma, chronic bronchitis and lung disorders.
2. Dzerzhinsk, Russia:
In terms of chemical contamination, the Dzerzhinsk is the most polluted city in the world. This city is one of the victims of the outcome of cold war. More than 300,000 tons of chemical wastes are dumped in Dzerzhinsk from 1930 to 1998.
The Dioxin and phenol levels in the water of this city are ridiculously high. It was 19 times higher than the acceptable limit. The city’s death rate exceeds its birth rate by 260 percent. The average life span of the human lives in this city is just 45-48 years.
3. Norilsk, Russia:
The level of arsenic, cadmium, lead, nickel, selenium, zinc released in the air is unmeasurable in the Norilsk city. The exact contamination level of this city is not yet calculated. But it is estimated that over 4 million tons of the metals are released into the air every year, according to worstpolluted.org.
The biggest heavy metal smelting complex in the world is located in this city and due to that many people are affected by respiratory disorders especially infants and children. Premature birth and late-term pregnancy complications are also frequent in the Norilsk city.
4. Mexico city, Mexico:
The air pollution in the Mexico city is one of the most severe air pollution cases in the world. The most important air pollutants in this city are ozone and it’s precursors (HC and NOx).
It is the home for 6-million cars; in fact approximately 600 new cars are entering into the city’s street every day. To improve the air quality and poor traffic conditions, the Mexican government has taken many steps. They have introduced the air quality improvement programs PICCA and PROAIRE – which includes one weekday ban for private cars.
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On the days of high pollution, it even extends for few more days. In addition to this, the car owners in this city must certify their vehicles for pollution, every 6 months.
5. Ahwaz, Iran:
Based on the data compiled by World Health Organization, the Ahwaz city in Iran is the most polluted city in the world especially in air pollution. The air quality in this city is over 5 times bad than a typical person normally breathes.
Oil and Gas industries in this city are high in numbers and due to that the air pollution is always high in this place. The administration of Iran blamed United States for the air pollution in Ahwaz, because the US have used Uranium in the Iraq war. Whatever the reason may be, the air pollution is extremely high in this city and due to that people are mostly affected by respiratory disorders.
6. Kanpur, India:
Kanpur is not just the largest city in India but also one of the most polluted cities. It is not only affected by Air Pollution but also by Water Pollution and Noise Pollution. The severe air pollution in this city causes eye irritation and several other respiratory disorders to the people who are residing over there.
Most of the pollutants are coming from the high level of industrial activities, growing use of diesel generators and of course from growing number of vehicles. The holy river Ganga is also polluted, due to the discharge of industrial wastes into the river.
Here is the list of few more polluted cities for you:
- Tianying, China
- Sukinda, India
- Vapi, India
- La Oroya, Peru
- Chernobyl, Ukraine
- Sumgayit, Azerbaijan
- Kabwe, Zambia
- Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
- Ludhiana, India
- Peshawar, Pakistan
- Ulaanbaatar, Mongloia
- Yasouj, Iran
- Gaborone, Botswana
- Kabul, Afghanistan
- Cairo, Egypt
- New Delhi, India
Have you lived in any of these top polluted cities in the world? If yes is your answer, please share your living experience with us via comments.