According to a team of scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Indian capital city Delhi will record the World’s largest number of premature deaths due to Air pollution by the end of 2025. As per the estimates nearly 32,000 people in Delhi, die due to Air pollution by 2025.
However, another Indian city Kolkata is expected to surpass the number of deaths in Delhi by 2050. Hence, becoming the worst affected city in the World. Kolkata will see the number of premature deaths spike up between 2025 to 2050. It is estimated that the West Bengal city will record 54,800 deaths by 2050, whereas Delhi and Mumbai are estimated to record 52,000 and 34100 deaths respectively.
The top three Indian cities are expected to become the most polluted cities by 2050. According to the pollution board estimates Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata are currently recording higher amounts of harmful particles in air. These includes PM2.5 and O3 in the air.
The report said that on an average about 3.3 million people die due to the ill-effects of Air pollution, worldwide. The team of scientists observed that the numbers could rise up to 6.6 million if the emission continue to rise.
In India, 650,000 people died due to the ill-effects of inhaling polluted air in 2010. 75% of the premature deaths occurred in the Asia specific region. Pakistan recorded the third highest number of deaths due to Air pollution (1.10 lakhs), the Times of India reported.