With Gurugram ranked as the worst

Delhi Pollution- CNN 600

Shockingly - or maybe we really shouldn't be that surprised - India hosts 15 of the world's 20 most polluted cities.

The report, Global Air Pollution 2018, was officially released on 5 March. In addition to human lives lost, there's an estimated global cost of $225 billion in lost labour, and trillions in medical costs.

A further six fell within a "good" limit, meaning air quality poses little or no risk.

Fifteen of the top 20 most polluted cities in the world are located in India, according to an analysis of air quality in several cities around the world.

Greenpeace, in its report, warned the world against air pollution, which is likely to cause the death of an estimated seven million lives globally in the next year while costing the world's economy almost $225 billion.

India tops China in the category of world's most polluted cities.

Gurugam topped the list as the world's most polluted city with PM2.5 soaring as high as 135.8 units in 2018.

The Indian capital, home to more than 20 million people, was followed by the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka and Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, according to the study by IQ AirVisual, a Swiss-based group that gathers air-quality data globally, and Greenpeace.

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Seven of the top 10 polluted cities in 2018 were in India, including Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Bhiwandi, Noida, Patna and Lucknow.

Stressing on the world economy Yeb Sano, Executive Director of Greenpeace South East Asia said "Air pollution steals our livelihoods and our futures, but we can change that".

The study by IQAir AirVisual and Greenpeace calculates the particulate matter 2.5 (2.5 PM) present in the air showing a decadent state of the country and the numbers aren't all that surprising.

Tuesday's report highlighted improved air quality levels elsewhere in Asia, however, with Chinese cities in particular registering a 12 percent fall in average PM2.5 concentrations since 2017.

In urban areas, there is a strong correlation between transportation and industry and air pollution, it said.

The report also stated that the pollution level in South Asia is really serious.

The alarming revelations of the report make the successful implementation of environment ministry's National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) all the more important.

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