Onitsha Is The World's Most Polluted City - WHO
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May 14, 2016 ( Post 1 )
Onitsha, in Nigeria's South East, has been tagged the world's most polluted city, according to data obtained from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
According to the report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Onitsha produced pollution "levels of nearly 600 micrograms per cubic metre of PM10s - around 30 times the WHO recommended level of 20 micrograms per cubic metre," to get the unenviable rating.
Onitsha, along with three other Nigerian cities, Aba, Kaduna and Umuahia, featured in the top 20.
Onitsha's figures are nearly twice as bad as notoriously polluted cities such as Kabul, Beijing and
Tehran and 30 times worse than London.
The city's many metal industries, private hospitals and workshops were all said to be heavy polluters emitting chemical, hospital and household waste and sewage.
Curiously, Lagos was not on the table of the latest urban air quality data, collected between 2011 and 2015.
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