Delhi pollution is 10 times higher than WHO limits


ISLAMABAD – A recent air quality monitoring survey by Green peace has found that the deadly PM 2.5 of air pollution levels in the Indian capital Delhi are 10 times higher than the safety limit prescribed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and four times higher than even the Indian safety limit.

Delhi’s air is the most toxic in the world due to high concentrations of PM 2.5 particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter that is believed to pose the greatest health risk because it penetrates deeply into lungs, First Post reported.

In another 10 years, Delhi will record the world’s largest number of premature deaths due to air pollution among all mega cities in the world. By 2025, nearly 32,000 people in Delhi will die solely due to inhaling polluted air. However it will be another Indian city, Kolkata that will record the highest number of such deaths by 2050.

Kolkata will see its number of premature deaths spike between 2025 and 2050 and will record 54,800 deaths due to air pollution more than Delhi which will record 52,000 deaths and Mumbai with 33100 deaths during the same year.


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