More than 90 per cent people on breathe bad air every day. As estimated by World Health Organization, 6.5 million people die due to air pollution. The scary report of WHO further said that in South-East Asia, air pollution is killing nearly 8,00,000 people a year.
The report data was collected in 2012 said at least 75 per cent of them, who are affected with the air pollution, live in India. Three Indian cities, New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, are in the list of 11 most-polluted mega cities.
After India, China stood second. The neighbor country has 2 cities in the top 10 list, the World Health Organization said. When it comes to particulate pollution, Delhi is twice as bad as Beijing, the report further said.
"One in 10 cities across the world lives and breathes air that does not meet the WHO air quality guidelines. That equates to 1 in 9 deaths being attributed to air pollution," Lesley Onyon, Regional Adviser of the World Health Organization in Delhi has said.
The data shows that 94 per cent of the premature deaths caused by air pollution are due to cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancers. The remaining are from acute respiratory infections in children under five years of age.
The big surprise, according to WHO, is that pollution by Particulate Matter 2.5 - tiny particles 2.5 microns in width that make the air look hazy -- affects the heart more than the lungs. "This is something that is not automatically in people's minds and is a big concern," Lesley Onyon said.