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Air Pollution In India Causes 1.67 Million Deaths In 2019, Report Said


Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

22nd Dec, 2020. 09:27 pm
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Air Pollution In India Causes 1.67 Million Deaths In 2019, Report Said

The death toll from air pollution in India is increasing every year and according to official figures, 1.67 million people died in 2019 as compared to 2017, which is 18% of the total death rate.

According to a report by Reuters news agency, the medical research journal Lancet in its report said that air pollution in India is the highest in the world, which is causing economic and human loss.

Air pollution killed 1.24 million people in India in 2017, accounting for 12.5% ​​of the total death rate in India.

Air pollution causes diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, digestive system, respiratory and lung cancer, the report said.

According to the magazine, the Indian capital is the most polluted city in the world and the economy has also suffered the most.

With regard to economic losses, it is said that the deaths in 2019 resulted in a loss of  $36.8 billion or 1.36% of India’s GDP.

India’s poorest states, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar suffered the most and their GDP losses were higher.

Lancet said pollution from domestic fuels has reduced deaths by 64.2 per cent between 1990 and 2019, but other sources have increased.

“Air pollution during the Corona lockdown in India decreased significantly and increased again with the softening, but interestingly pointed out that it is possible to reduce air pollution by limiting human activities,” the report said. ۔

The Indian government said in a statement that India needs to invest more in air pollution control programs at the state level.

The statement said that if the government achieves the target of 5 5 trillion economies by 2024, it will be easier, which is currently 9 2.9 trillion.

According to a report by IQ Air, a Swiss air quality technology company, India’s three largest cities New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai are among the 20 most polluted cities in the world.

A report last month said that during the Coronavirus pandemic, citizens complained on social media of eye irritation, sore throat and difficulty breathing, according to official figures. The overall air quality in which the 2.5 pm pollution particles were tested has risen to 488 from 477 on a scale of 500 on Monday.

The hazardous substance 2.5 (PM) found in the air, which causes heart disease and respiratory diseases, such as lung cancer, is at its highest level since November 2019, government documents said. Reached and is 30 times the World Health Organization’s threshold.

Authorities banned the sale and use of firecrackers and other fireworks on Diwali to curb pollution, but environmentalists called on the government to take further action.

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