15 Most Polluted Cities On Earth


With time, pollution has become a big problem, especially in big cities. Today, various environmental protection groups are trying to save the Earth from the always increasing pollution. Since the air quality is very poor, it is incredibly easy for the citizens of these cities to fall ill. Here’s a list which shows the 15 most polluted cities on Earth. Who can we blame for these disasters?

#1 Kabwe

Country: Zambia

Kabwe is a very polluted city because of two elements: lead and cadmium. According to a research, people have very high levels of lead and cadmium in their blood. This, of course, has greatly reduced the life expectancy.


#2 Norilsk

Country: Russia

The city of Norilsk is very polluted because of its melting complexes. In the area, many chemical elements can be found (like Platinum, Nickel, Cobalt and more…) and this has reduced the life expectancy of about 10 years. This because of the sulfur dioxide (SO2) produced by factories here, which is very harmful for the human body.


#3 Sukinda

Country: India

Mining societies are administrated without controls. This has led to high levels of pollution and the diffusion of severe body diseases. Moreover, waste products have contaminated the ground and thus the water.


#4 Citarum River

Country: Indonesia

The Indonesian river Citarum is so polluted that many people living here suffer from several diseases. Unfortunately, people must take their water from here and consequently the body contamination is ensured.


#5 Mailuu Suu

Country: Kyrgyzstan

This city is considered the biggest radioactive dump in Asia. Levels of contamination caused by Uranium are very high. The consequences are tremendous: many diseases and death.


#6  Mexiko City

Country: Mexiko

The pollution in this city is caused by the incredibly high levels of smog. Consequently, air pollution causes severe body diseases. Look at the picture below to understand what I am talking about.


#7 Dhaka

Country: Bangladesh

The immense population of this city (over 150 millions) has caused big waste problems. Most of the dumps here are illegal. As a consequence, ground and water are incredibly contaminated reducing life expectancies and causing several body diseases.


#8 La Oroya

Country: Peru

Because of the several metal processing plants and no solutions to clean the area, people in La Oroya suffer from various health diseases. One of the main chemical element involved here is Lead (Pb). The particles of this element are very dangerous for the human body.


#9 Sumgayit

Country: Azerbaijan

This are is very contaminated and poisonous because industries and factories used to work without controls and regulations. As a result, this has reduced the life expectancy.


#10 Chernobyl

Country: Ukraine

After the world’s famous nuclear misadventure, still today this area remains extremely polluted. Furthermore, the radiation levels remain very high. Of course, no one lives in this city anymore.


#11 Ahvaz

Country: Iran

Harmful gases and smog are the city’s biggest problems. Furthermore, consistent dust storms enhance the diffusion of these toxic gases.


#12 Linfen

Country: China

The coal minings near the city have created severe problems to environment, air and thus people. As a result, the life expectancy was greatly reduced.


#13 Vapi

Country: India

Because of the industries using Mercury (Hg) in their production processes, this city has become incredibly contaminated. Moreover, the city’s water supplies (together with ground and air) can contain high levels of the aforementioned chemical element and thus causing death.

vapi gidc estate. Gujarat . July 2012. photo by Janak Patel

#14 Dzerzhinsk

Country: Russia

This city is Russia’s most polluted city. For about 60 years, radioactive and toxic wastes were dumped in this city contaminating ground, water and air. Life expectancy is, still today, incredibly low.


#15 Brazzaville

Country: Congo

The city holds Africa’s lowest expectancy rate. Dumps and industrial wastes have contaminated the city’s water supplies and thus the ground. The result: very low life expectancy and various diseases.