Exposure to pollution kills several in Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad

Researchers found that 7.2 percent—equivalent to 33,627 deaths—of all fatalities across 10 Indian cities annually could be attributed to short-term PM 2.5 exposure.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 06, 2024 | 10:30 AMUpdatedJul 06, 2024 | 10:30 AM

Cubbon Park in Bengaluru.

A study published in The Lancet put Bengaluru’s pollution-related death behind Chennai’s 2,870 fatalities. A total of 1,597 people in Hyderabad, too, succumbed to pollution. Researchers found that 7.2 percent—equivalent to 33,627 deaths—of all yearly fatalities across 10 Indian cities could be attributed to short-term Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 exposure, exceeding the WHO guidelines.

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