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Nearly 15,000 premature deaths due to air pollution in Delhi: Study

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Nearly 15,000 people died prematurely in due to by fine particulate matter in 2016, according to a new study which ranked the national capital third in a list of cities reporting most deaths due to air

was ranked first in most premature deaths at 17,600 and second with 18,200 deaths due to PM2.5 pollutant.

PM2.5 refers to atmospheric particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 mm.

"Air is emerging as the main threat and to overcome it there is a need for a strong air quality management system and the Ministry is finalising a Action Plan to fight in Delhi," said Anumita Roychowdhury, at the

PM2.5 has been associated with significant health effects, including cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases, cancer and premature deaths.

The PM2.5-related health impacts are notable for megacities across the globe, but Asian megacities have been suffering much more, the study said.

The phenomenon of smog-hit cities became so common recently that the term airpocalypse' has become synonymous with polluted air, it said.

This study reports PM2.5-related long-term mortality for the year 2016 in 13 megacities of China, India, and using an integrated exposure risk (IER) model.

In Indian megacities, the premature deaths were 14,800, 10,500, 7,300, 4,800 and 4,800 in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and respectively.

Though has taken initial steps with targets and strategy, there was an urgent need for government policy in India, and Pakistan, the study said.

This study highlighted the need for setting up decisive air quality targets by megacity authorities and advocates for joint regional efforts to control

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 22:30 IST