Dhangadhi has witnessed hazardous levels of air pollution becoming the most polluted city nationwide in the past 24 hours, owing to long-absent rainfall and subsequent atmospheric smog accumulation.

According to the data provided by the Department of Environment, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Dhangadhi was 429 this morning while currently it has come down a little to 363.

An AQI value of 50 or below represents good air quality while the value over 300 represents hazardous air quality, which mark has been exceeded by Dhangadhi's air quality, today.

Rising smoke from forest fires that are still going on in the Chure range of Kailali and other hilly districts of Sudur Paschim Province, burning of plastic products, and dust are considered as major reasons for the depleting air quality in the region.