Which are the dirtiest cities in the world? Here are the 10 dirtiest cities in the world named by hassam.hubpages.com. These cities either lack proper sanitation facilities or have high levels of pollution.
Enclosed by Iran, Georgia, Russia and Armenia on the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan has long been an oil hub. As a consequence, Baku, the capital city, suffers from life-threatening levels of air pollution emitted from oil drilling and shipping. It is one of the dirtiest cities in the world. The lack of clean water and basic sanitation leaves a much stronger impression on the casual traveler than dirty air from a lot of vehicle traffic and industry, as the latter is present in most cities around the world to a certain extent whereas basic water and sanitation is given and perhaps that is much more shocking when it’s gone.
Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and is located in southern Asia between Burma and India. Dhaka battles with the constant threat of water pollution. Surface water is frequently thick with disease and pollutants from the use of commercial pesticides. With a probable 150 million people living in a relatively small area, cleaning up the problem won’t be easy.
Madagascar is located off of the southeastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Antananarivo, the capital city is one of the dirtiest cities. Madagascar is well known for its variety of unique flora and fauna and has often been referred to as the world’s eighth continent, but the effects of the human population are quickly leaving their footprint. Antananarivo was also ranked the world’s second-most-polluted city on last year’s WHO report.
Port au Prince, Haiti:
Haiti’s politically inspired violence and corruption are well documented. Equally dangerous is its air and water. Serving as one of the major ports on the island of Hispaniola, Port au Prince is central to Haiti’s economic development. A lack of pollution controls, but contributes to the widespread environmental problems confronting the Haitian city.
Mexico City, Mexico:
Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, and the capital of North American air pollution, estimates unhealthy ozone emissions nearly 85 percent of the year. Mexico’s geographical location is in the center of a volcanic crater and surrounded by mountains and this only serves to lock in the air pollution, causing smog to sit above the city. The industrial and automobile emissions for air quality are so bad that city ozone levels fail to meet WHO standards.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:
Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia is also one among the dirtiest cities in the world. It faces one of the worst sanitation problems on both the continent of Africa as well as in the world. The lack of adequate sanitation programs has resulted in infant mortality, low life expectancy and the transmission of water-borne diseases.
The Indian city had to make it on the list of dirtiest cities in the world. The metro city has one of the largest slums in Asia. The city is also high on pollution, be it air or water pollution. About 8000 tonnes of garbage are produced everyday in the city, which is just one of the reasons why it is dirty. Sadly, dumps of garbage are seen everywhere. But, the city has also been coming up with clean up campaigns.
Baghdad makes it on the list too. Poor water quality in Baghdad threatens to worsen the transmission of water-borne diseases in the city. Deadly outbreaks of cholera struck several provinces of the country, including Baghdad from August 2007 to December 2007. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) also says air pollution, consequential from burning oil and aggravated by war, is cause for concern.
The mix of petroleum-based industry and insufficient safeguards against pollution sets the stage for an environmental crisis in the Almaty city. Toxic waste dumps involve a huge price tag for improvement and an even larger price for neglect.
Brazzaville, the capital of Congo is also one of the dirtiest cities in the world. Air pollution from emissions, lack of drinkable water and the contamination of the city’s water from raw sewage contribute to the laundry list of health and sanitation concerns for Brazzaville. Each of these stresses upon the life expectancy of the local population.