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Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam most polluted cities in South India, says report

Both in terms of PM2.5 and PM10 pollution levels, Visakhapatnam stands first while Hyderabad at second, making them the major polluted city in South India.

January 28, 2022 / 03:42 PM IST

Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad have emerged among the most polluted cities in South India, according to a report released by Greenpeace on January 27.

Annual PM10 levels in Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad exceeded the prescribed WHO guidelines by seven times, while PM2.5 levels have exceeded by seven to eight times, the report said.

Both in terms of PM2.5 and PM10 pollution levels, Visakhapatnam stands first while Hyderabad at second making them the major polluted cities in South India.

As per the report, it was found that despite pandemic-induced lockdowns and subsequent reduction in economic activities, the annual average values of PM2.5 and PM10 exceeded WHO revised standards by many folds.