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Lima air pollution triples maximum level recommended by WHO

By Manuel Vigo

According to a recent report carried out by the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI), levels of air pollution in Lima, dropped by 3.8 percent this year.

Lima air pollution triples maximum level recommended by WHO

(Photo: El Comercio/Reference)

According to a recent report carried out by the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI), levels of air pollution in Lima, dropped by 3.8 percent this year.


However the Peruvian capital’s air pollution levels currently exceed the maximum level recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).


The report, cited in El Comercio, found that the district of San Juan de Lurigancho had the most contamination in the city, with 37.7 tons per square meter, per month; more than eight times the recommended limit by the WHO.


Meanwhile, the report said the district of Bellavista, in Callao, was the least contaminated in the region.


According to a report published by the World Meteorological Organization last September, Lima has the highest air pollution in South America.


Odon Sanchez, head of environmental research at Senamhi – the country’s national weather service – said most of the city’s outdoor air pollution comes from transportation and factories.