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In India Air pollution kills 1.2 million people in 2017, 3 million worldwide

Wednesday - April 3, 2019 4:43 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL


WTN- Hard to believe in this harsh reality and tragic results of increasing death rates due to air pollution in our atmosphere. Figures indicate in a recent report that 1.2 Million (12 lakh) people died in India due to air pollution in 2017, The US Health Effect Institute claimed in its report named ‘State of Global Air 2019’. Report also says in the year 2017, 5 Million (50 lakh) people died all over the world due to diseases like heart attack, lung cancer and diabetes, of these, three million people died due to PM 2.5 of air pollution.

South Asian countries India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal have been considered as the most polluted areas in the world where every year 1.5 million people are victims of untimely death due to air pollution. However report indicates the number of deaths from pollution in China and India are same, whereas China has achieved success in reducing pollution.

Report says that positive steps have been taken in recent years to fight pollution. Report also admires Prime Minister Ujjawala scheme, National Clean Air Program and BS-4 are major steps and positive results will be seen if these schemes are implemented correctly in future.

Another figure in report indicates that numbers of people getting killed due to pollution are more than that of road accidents and malaria. The situation in China and India is similar in this case. Pollution is the third major cause of death in India every year.

The report says that in 2017, half of the world's people - that is, 3.6 billion people - were affected by pollution in the home. However, due to economic growth, now the habit of cooking with solid fuel is continuously decreasing. But still 60% in India and 79% in Bangladesh are making food with solid fuel. Due to this, pollution is increasing within the home. The pollution of the house is also contaminating the external air. – Window To News