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India crosses China in deaths due to air pollution

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Dion Global

17 Nov 2016

India leaves behind China in number of deaths due to ambient (outdoor) air pollution as the country witnessed 50 deaths more than China reported per day in 2015, according to the Global Burden of Disease project.

As per the recent data in 2015, India witnessed 3,280 premature deaths (fatalities due to Ozone concentration and particulate matter concentration) per day, whereas China had recorded 3,230, said the PTI report.

In 2010, no of premature deaths in India were at 2,863, whereas in China it stood at 3,190. Similarly, in 2005 India’s count of premature deaths stood at 2,654 and China’s at 3,332, added the media reports.

However, over the last decade premature deaths increased 23 per cent in India, while China has reversed the trend and recorded a fall of 3 per cent.

The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project has been compiled by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle.

As per the study, the rate of premature deaths in India has been increasing at an alarming rate, and from 2,140 deaths per day in 1990, it has reached to 3,280 in 2015.