Malabo - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the air quality like at post (good/moderate/bad)? Are there seasonal air quality issues? Does the air quality have an impact on health?

Moderate to bad. Seasonal harmattan winds that bring Saharan sand that covers the sky. Locals regularly burn trash and fields Mosquito fumigation. - Apr 2021

Air quality is good, seasonal Harmatan could create problem for people with allergies. - Apr 2021

Good. As stated earlier, December and January constitute the time of the harmattan winds from the Sahara Desert.   Pico Basilé, the large volcano that is the focal point of Bioko island, completely disappears from site when the winds blow in. - Jul 2020

The air quality is moderate. - Aug 2017

During the dry season (October-February) the air is very smoky due to burning trash and volcanic ash from the mainland. However, once the rain comes, quality greatly improves. There are no real rules on car emissions, so the city can often be filled with exhaust fumes. However, for the most part, the air quality is moderate to good. - Sep 2014

Not good in Malabo. In the dry season the air is full of dust from the Sahara. Throughout the year there is burning trash, anti-mosquito fumigation, numerous vehicles with poor pollution standards, etc. It’s sometimes hard to walk outside. Air is better at the waterfront and very pleasant at altitude. - Jun 2012

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