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In WHO's global list, 14 of 20 most-polluted cities in India

Indian cities are fast becoming a gas chamber - choking residents towards a slow death with each breath.

May 02, 2018, 13:13 PM IST

Indian cities are fast becoming a gas chamber - choking residents towards a slow death with each breath.

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Delhi and Varanasi are among the 14 Indian cities that figured in a list of 20 most polluted cities in the world in terms of PM2.5 levels in 2016, data released by the WHO. (Text courtesy: PTI)

 

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The WHO data also said that nine out of 10 people in the world breathe air containing high levels of pollutants.

 

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Other Indian cities that registered very high levels of PM2.5 pollutants were Kanpur, Faridabad, Gaya, Patna, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur.

 

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In terms of PM10 levels, 13 cities in India figured among the 20 most-polluted cities of the world in 2016.

 

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The World Health Organisation has called upon member-countries in its Southeast Asia Region to aggressively address the double burden of household and ambient (outdoor) air pollution.

 

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Of the 3.8 million deaths caused by household air pollution globally, the region accounts for 1.5 million or 40 percent deaths.

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