World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva on Wednesday revealed that 14 of the 15 most polluted cities in the world as per PM 2.5 levels belong to India.
In terms of PM 10 levels, 13 of top 20 cities in India are polluted.
The cities include Delhi, Kanpur, Varanasi, Gaya, Faridabad, Agra, Patna, Srinagar, Jaipur, Muzzaffarpur, Patiala, Gurgaon, and Jodhpur followed by Kuwait’s Ali Subah Al-Salem.
Among top 20 polluted cities, China and Mongolia are also included.
“WHO estimates that around 7 million people die every year from exposure to fine particles in the polluted air that penetrate deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system, causing diseases including stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and respiratory infections, including pneumonia,” the report said.
“Around 3 billion people, more than 40 percent of the world’s population, still do not have access to clean cooking fuels and technologies in their homes, the main source of household air pollution,” it said.
As per the report, more than 90 percent of the air pollution-related deaths take place in low and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa, followed by low and middle-income countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region, Europe and the Americas.
However, the report did not mention that the nations with the most polluted cities are making efforts, such as India’s Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana which is 2 years has provided 37 million women living below the poverty line with free LPG connections to switch to clean household energy use.