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Air pollution killed over 1 lakh children under the age of 5 in India, says WHO

Updated : November 02, 2018 16:13:56 IST

Delhi’s air quality remained in the very poor category despite a slew of measures that were implemented in the national capital ahead of Diwali when a spike in pollution was expected to hit the city.

According to a new WHO study, over one lakh children under five years of age died in India in 2016 due to exposure to toxic air. The study also said that about 98 percent of children in the same age group in low- and middle-income countries were exposed to air pollution.

Another report by Greenpeace presented a grim picture of India's pollution level.

The green body's report said three of the world's largest nitrogen oxide air pollution emission hotspots that contribute to formation of PM2.5 and ozone are in India with one in the Delhi-NCR.

Delhi-NCR, Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh, Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh and Talcher-Angul in Odisha are the hotspots identified.

With inputs from PTI.

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