Lahore on Wednesday topped the list of the most polluted cities in the world with the worst air quality levels.

India’s Delhi is second on the list, Poland’s Krakow and Kyrgyzstan’s Bishkek are placed in third and fourth spot respectively while Bangladesh’s Dhaka is on number five according to the air pollution data released by the US Air Quality Index (AQI).

Screengrab of air quality and pollution city ranking

Lahore recorded a particulate matter (PM) rating of 364 that classifies the city under the “hazardous” category of air quality.


The United States Environmental Protection Agency regards air quality as satisfactory if the AQI is under 50.