Karachi Among the 10 Cities In The World ‘Worst For Living’. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) — the research and analysis division of the Economist Group, Karachi ranked 136th in a list of 140 cities of the world in Global Liveablity Index 2019. This is for the fourth consecutive year that Karachi has been ranked among 10 least livable cities.
The report was published on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Every year, the EIU ranks 140 cities of the world scores out of a scale of 100 considering a variety of factors, such as living standards, crime, transport infrastructure, access to education and healthcare, as well as political and economic stability.
In this year’s ranking, Karachi has been ranked 136th on the list, making it the fifth worst city in the world to live in ‘OMG’, only managing to fare better than Damascus, Lagos, Dhaka and Tripoli.
Karachi, got a total of 40.9 score with respect to the ideal rating of 100. The stability ranking of Karachi was the lowest, i.e 20, healthcare 45.8, culture and environment 38.7, education 66.7 and infrastructure 51.8 out of 100. Other countries included in the list of the 10 least livable cities include Caracas in Venezuela, Algiers in Algeria, Douala in Cameroon, Harare in Zimbabwe and Port Moresby in PNG.
The only positive thing in this report is that, Karachi improved it’s ranking by one spot as it ranked 137th in 2018.
For the very first time, the index included the effects of climate change on liveability with Indian capital New Delhi and Egyptian capital Cairo jumping in the rankings to 118th and 125th respectively due to “poor air quality, undesirable average temperatures and inadequate water provision” in the cities.
In a statement, Agathe Demarais of the EIU said, “We expect problems relating to climate change to put increasing pressure on liveability scores in the coming years and for the number of cities affected to grow”.