Pakistan has been ranked as the second-most polluted nation in the world, as per the World Air Quality Report 2019.
As per the shared details, it has accounted for one of the highest concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the air.
The report stated that the poor air quality accounts for some 113,500 deaths in Pakistan annually or around nine percent of all deaths recorded in the country on an annual basis.
Pollution is also quite expensive for the poor country as it inflicts damage worth a whopping $12.51 billion every year.
Due to the decreasing air quality, the report pointed out that it has contributed to reducing the average age of Pakistani citizens by around 2.5 years.
In the meantime, it noted that the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) has formulated a draft for the new Pakistan Clean Air Programme 2020.
As per the report, the air quality guidelines set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) say that the reduction of annual average PM2.5 concentrations from 35 µg/m3, to around 10 µg/m3, could assist to reduce deaths linked to air pollution by about 15 percent.
But, it noted that PM2.5 concentrations in Pakistan have been recorded to be at least 100 per cent above this threshold with levels at 65 µg/m3.
This level is the second-highest recorded in the world.