Bangladesh, Somalia top pollution sufferers in 2015


PV International Desk : Bangladesh and Somalia have been ranked the top affected countries of pollution whereas pollution has been linked to nine million deaths worldwide in 2015, said a study of US based medical journal The Lancet.
Almost all of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries, where pollution could account for up to a quarter of deaths.
Air pollution had the biggest impact, accounting for two-thirds of deaths from pollution.
Brunei and Sweden had the lowest numbers of pollution-related deaths, reports BBC.
Most of these deaths were caused by non-infectious diseases linked to pollution, such as heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.
“Pollution is much more than an environmental challenge – it is a profound and pervasive threat that affects many aspects of human health and wellbeing,” said the study’s author, Prof Philip Landrigan, of the Icahn School of Medicine, at Mount Sinai in New York.