Pakistan is among the top 5 countries with highest mortality rate due to air pollution. The other four countries are also in Asia that are China, India, Bangladesh and Indonesia.
According to a State of Global Air report published by the US-based Health Effects Institute and the University of British Columbia, air pollution will reduce the life expectancy of children that are born today by an average of 20 months. Also, it will have the most effect in South Asia.
All over the world, air pollution is the fifth biggest cause of early death. It has resulted in more deaths in comparison to malaria, road accidents, malnutrition or/and alcohol.
The study gives the warning that, “the loss of life expectancy is not borne equally,” with South Asian children set to have their life expectancy cut by 30 months due to outdoor air pollution and indoor dirty air.
Even though reforms have been made to reduce the pollution levels, China is the country with highest mortality rate because of air pollution. Almost 852,000 deaths have been as a result of air pollution in China.
According to the report, in 2017 147 million years of healthy life were lost around the world due to pollution.