Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha in Nepal is facing serious threats from air pollution. According to data collected from air quality monitoring stations, Lumbini, in south-west Nepal is the highest polluted place amongst five places across the Himalayan country.
According to bbc in the month of January this year, fine particulate matter (PM2.5) measuring at 173.035 micrograms per cubic metre was reported in Lumbini.
It was observed that the fine particles (PM 2.5) were found more than 10 times above the World Health Organisation (WHO) safe limit.
A study says fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) can travel deeply into the respiratory tract, affect the lung function and worsen medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease.
It also says that long-term exposure to fine particulate matter can also increase rates of chronic bronchitis, reduced lung function and increased mortality from lung cancer and heart disease.
A retired health official Shankar Gautam told BBC, “The dust coming in here has also led to a huge increase in skin-related diseases”.
UNESCO in 1997 declared Lumbini a World Heritage Site. Lumbini has a large number of temples, including the Mayadevi Temple including several others which are under repair.
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