Air pollution leading cause of death in South Asia; caused 8.1 mn deaths in 2021 globally, 2.1 mn in India

The report stated that air pollution contributed to the deaths of 1,69,400 children in India under the age of five in 2021.

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Published Jun 19, 2024 | 5:49 PM Updated Jun 19, 2024 | 5:49 PM

Air pollution leading cause of death in South Asia; caused 8.1 mn deaths in 2021 globally, 2.1 mn in India

Air pollution contributed to 8.1 million deaths worldwide in 2021, with India and China recording 2.1 million and 2.3 million such fatalities, respectively, according to a report released on Wednesday.

Published by the Health Effects Institute (HEI), an independent US-based research organisation, in partnership with UNICEF, the report stated that air pollution contributed to the deaths of 1,69,400 children in India under the age of five in 2021.

Nigeria followed with 1,14,100 child deaths, Pakistan with 68,100, Ethiopia with 31,100, and Bangladesh with 19,100.

The report also said that air pollution was the leading risk factor for deaths in South Asia, followed by high blood pressure, diet, and tobacco.

The report noted, “2021 saw more deaths linked to air pollution than were estimated for any previous year. With populations over 1 billion each, India (2.1 million deaths) and China (2.3 million deaths) together account for 54 percent of the total global disease burden.”

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