Air pollution cost Maharashtra 1,08,038 lives in 2017

The state witnessed 86.9 air pollution-related deaths for every one lakh people, making it the 15th in the average deaths in the country

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According to a study published in Lancet Planetary Health, in 2017, 1,08,038 people lost their lives to air pollution in Maharashtra, the second highest in the country. The state witnessed 86.9 air pollution-related deaths for every 1 lakh people, making it the 15th in the average deaths in the country. 

Based on the years lost by the affected population owing to ill health, disability or early death, the researchers were of the opinion that in Maharashtra, for every 1,00,000 people, 2,311 years were lost to air pollution. The study also revealed that if the air pollution levels were less, the average life expectancy of Maharashtra would have been 1.5 years higher.

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As per the study, it was found out that the levels of pollutant particulate matter 2.5 (pollutants that are 2.5 microns in size, small enough to easily enter the lungs and cause health ailments) in Maharashtra is between 40-59 microgram per cubic metre (ug/m3) which is against WHO standard of 10 ug/m3 and national standards of 40 ug/m3. The ambient air pollution alone has cost 62,677 lives in the state last year, almost 60 per cent of the total deaths owing to air pollution.

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