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IndiaIndia accounts for 75% of casualties due to air pollution: WHO

India accounts for 75% of casualties due to air pollution: WHO


NEW DELHI: Air pollution is killing nearly eight lakh people annually in the South East Asian Region with alone accounting for over 75 per cent of the casualties caused by cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer, according to a new WHO report today.


The report said nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air while nearly 90 per cent of air pollution related deaths occur in low and middle-income countries, with nearly two out of three occurring in WHO's South-East Asia including India and Western Pacific regions.


“It is a public emergency,” said Maria Neira, the head of the WHO's department of public health and .


The report also called for strengthening measures against inefficient modes of transport, household fuel and waste burning, coal-fired power plants and industrial activities – some of the major sources of air pollution.


It said that 94 per cent are due to non-communicable diseases – notably cardiovascular diseases, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and air pollution also increases the risks for acute respiratory infections.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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