Noise pollution during the election in Duhok city/ Kurdistan region of Iraq

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Najmaldin E. Hassan Nerweyi , Basim S.A. Al-Sulaivany


Now the election is inescapable in our community. Today elections increase social and environmental troubles such as noise pollution, water pollution, air and soil pollution, health hazard and inimical socioeconomic impact. During the election days, Duhok city is exposed to a high levels of noise pollution coming from private cars, public transports, trumpeting, drumming, shriek, pyrotechnics, etc. It is well-known noise pollution as one pollutant sources that could affect the quality of life across the globe.

In this work we have monitored the noise levels in different places of Duhok town. Using a Digital Sound Level Meter (model SL-200), we made a preliminary assessment of noise levels per election, and the data were compared with post-election days.

The data were collected during the period (10th Augst to 10th October 2018) from (08.00am to 12.00pm) at 12 different sites within Duhok city.

In most areas, the noise was ranging between 60 to 65 dB with an average of 66.03 dB in the mornings, 71.9 dB in the afternoon and 80.29 dB in the evening during the election period while 63.8, 65.98 and 72.2 dB, 63.55, 66.73 and 74.47 dB were average levels in the morning, afternoon and evening of pre and post elections, respectively.

The lowest values of noise were recorded at evenings and it was as follows, 58.5 dB at site 3 in pre-election, 61.3 dB at site 3 in election and 60.6 dB at site 2 at the post-election.

This study may help to publicize awareness about noise pollution among the people, by which they will be capable to take required precautionary measures to salvage themselves from the adverse effects of noise pollution and to enhance the quality of the environment.

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