10 Most Polluted Cities In The World

While vast advancements in technology and industry have made life much easier, these innovations have also created an ever-growing monster – pollution. With the possible exception of underdeveloped and far-flung areas, almost the entire world is faced with a “dirty” problem.
Nevertheless, there are cities all over the planet that have really outdone themselves when it comes to being polluted. Want to know which metropolises got the highest ranks? Here are the ten most polluted cities in the world:
1. Linfen, China

With approximately 3 million people of its residents affected by the pollution problem, the city of Linfen in China is perhaps the most polluted city in the world. Linfen has been declared by the country’s State Environmental Protection Agency as having the worst air in China.
2. Tianying, China

Situated in the northeastern region of the country, Tianying is a highly industrialized city that, unfortunately, has poor policies and uses nomadic technology.The major culprit behind the pollution problem in this town is lead, along with a number of other heavy metals.
3. Sukinda, India

 As much as 97 percent of India’s chromium supply comes from this city, leading to a 30-million-ton pile of mining waste that literally form mountains.Sukinda’s excessive mining and processing of chrome and a few other heavy metals have landed it on this list of the most polluted cities in the world
4. Vapi, India

As home to a huge portion of the nation’s industries, Vapi is a city whose waters and lands are highly contaminated with harmful chemicals and metals. Its groundwater reportedly contains mercury, the local produce and air also contain heavy metals. Clearly, industrialization has cost the residents of Vapi too dearly.
5. La Oroya, Peru

On the whole, residents of the city have an average lead level that’s 3 times higher than the WHO-established limit. Even if all mining and processing operations were to stop this minute, the soil’s lead content will remain as is for centuries to come. What’s even worse is that there’s not even a plan at the moment to clean all the waste up.
6. Dzerzhinsk, Russia

In the years between 1930 and 1998, over 300,000 tons of chemical wastes were dumped on Dzerzhinsk. When it comes to chemical contamination, this Russian city holds a Guinness Record for being the most polluted city in the world
7. Chernobyl, Ukraine

You probably thought that the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings led to the worst radiation fallout known to mankind.The meltdown of the nuclear plant has led to the city being considered as uninhabitable, particularly the 19-mile exclusion zone that surrounds the plant.
8. Norilsk, Russia

This Russian city is where the biggest heavy metal smelting complex in the world is located, and you can probably guess that this is behind the ridiculously high number of city dwellers who die from respiratory illnesses.If you need further proof that Norilsk is a massive wasteland, you only need to look at the 30-mile area around the nickel smelter. You won’t find even just one living tree.
9. Sumgayit, Azerbaijan

The industrial wasteland that is Sumgayit is another victim of the Soviet Union’s neglect and disregard for Mother Earth. Though a lot of the factories are not operating anymore, the pollutants they emitted before they were shut down are still present in the air up to this day. On top of it all, no one is willing to take responsibility for the 120,000 tons of toxic emissions that continue to plague the city.
10. Kabwe, Zambia

Rounding up the ten most polluted cities in the world is Kabwe in Zambia. Ever since the year 1902, when lead deposits were discovered near the city, little attention has been given to how the dangerous metal might affect the Zambians. Lead levels in kids are high enough to be fatal, or at the very least, result to serious health conditions.
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