Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Medical | By Alyssa Little

India has Made Serious Efforts to Deal with Air Pollution'

India has Made Serious Efforts to Deal with Air Pollution'

The WHO report said more than 90 percent of the world´s people are breathing risky levels of pollutants that killed some seven million people in 2016.

According to WHO's database for 2016, Delhi was ranked at sixth position in the list.

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 showed today.

Residents of Kanpur reacted with dismay Wednesday after the Indian city was found to have the worst air quality in a global World Health Organization survey that urged the nation to clean up its act.

The air quality database for 2016 was released by World Health Organization on Wednesday and showed that the north Indian industrial city of Kanpur had the highest-measured levels of PM2.5, or small particulate matter. As shocking as it might seem, the fact that Lucknow has been ranked among the top 10 most polluted city in the world, is now a reality.

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"As a resident of the city it makes me sad and appalled but this ranking should at least wake up the government and citizens to take some immediate steps to end the pollution", 55-year-old Kanpur resident Ramesh Soni told AFP. "The government has also taken several bold initiatives, including leap-frogging from BS-IV to BS-VI", it said.

PM2.5 are tiny but deadly air particles, which can increase the likelihood of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

The pollution levels in these cities is scary and is responsible for most of the health hazards one faces.

"Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest and most marginalised people bear the brunt of the burden".

More than 90 per cent of victims come from low- and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa, followed by others in the Eastern Mediterranean region, Europe and the Americas.

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Major sources of air pollution from particulate matter include inefficient use of energy by households, industry, agriculture and transport sectors, and coal-fired power plants.

During these months, in addition to local emissions, there was a substantial contribution from regional sources, including smoke due to stubble burning in neighbouring states and dust from the Gulf countries, it said.

But it seems the Indian government could also improve its efforts to fight air pollution.

As per the report, Jodhpur recorded level of PM10 and PM2.5 measured at 189 and 101 respectively, the highest in the state, followed by Jaipur where level of PM10 and PM2.5 measured at 187 and 100 respectively.

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