Seven of the most 10 polluted cities in the world are in India, as per another study demonstrating South Asia’s fight with weakening air quality and the financial toll it’s relied upon to take around the world.

Gurugram, southwest of India’s capital New Delhi, drove all cities in pollution levels in 2018, even as its score improved from the earlier year, as indicated by information released by IQAir AirVisual and Greenpeace. Three other Indian cities are Faisalabad, Pakistan, in the top five.

The list estimates the nearness of fine particulate issue known as PM2.5, a contamination that can rot down in the lungs and bloodstream.

“This has enormous impacts, on our health and on our wallets,” Yeb Sano, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said in a statement released with the figures. “In addition to human lives lost, there’s an estimated cost of $225 billion in lost labor, and trillions in medical costs.”


India, the world’s fasting growing economy, makes up 22 of the main 30 most polluted cities, with five in China, two in Pakistan and one in Bangladesh. India piles on healthcare expenses and productivity losses from pollution of as much as 8.5 percent of GDP, as per the World Bank.

China gained marked ground in its generally terrible pollution levels, with average concentration falling by 12 percent in 2018 from the earlier year, as indicated by the data. That should help the message President Xi Jinping will impart to political party leaders on progress crosswise over three alleged “critical battles” amid the National People’s Congress meetings that begin this week.

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