Air pollution in India is responsible for 12.5 percent of all deaths in the country. 8.5 out of every 10,000 children in India die before they turn five due to poor air. According to the fourth edition of State of India’s Environment (SoE) Report, 2019, a study released yesterday, on the World Environment Day that, ” Air pollution has become a national emergency as it is killing one lakh children under the age of five in India every year, and is responsible for 12.5 percent of all deaths in the country”.
The think tank, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), said that the government’s schemes to fight air pollution have not been successful yet, a fact also accepted and acknowledged by the environment ministry.Recently, a senior official at the ministry had accepted that the situation was not a happy one and schemes have not been as successful as they were expected to be.Earlier this year, global reports on air pollution revealed that over 1.2 million people died in India due to air pollution in 2017.
As per the CSE report , “Air pollution is responsible for 12.5 percent of all deaths in India. Its impact on children is equally worrying. Over 1,00,000 children below the age of five die due to bad air in the country,” .