Karachi among most polluted cities in the world

Published: February 15, 2016


Karachi has been named among the most polluted cities in the world, according to this month’s data graphic by Pete Guest as well as World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.

Four Indian cities namely New Delhi, Patna, Gwalior and Raipur were also included in the list.

Three Pakistani cities among most polluted cities in the world

This month’s data set graphic by Guest looks at the deaths attributable to air pollution as well as WHO guidelines. According to the data, a total of 3.7 million deaths are attributable to air pollution.


Other cities such as Beijing and Paris were also included in the list, but their concentration of particulate matter was a lot less, as compared to cities of the two neighbouring countries – Pakistan and India.

Millions die from air pollution, mainly in China, India


In July 2015, three Pakistani cities were listed among 20 most polluted cities in the world, according to the World Economic Forum. Of the Pakistani cities, Karachi, Peshawar and Rawalpindi were among the 20 most polluted cities in the world, as per the most recent statistics from WHO compiled from more than 1,600 cities for the years 2008 to 2013.

Karachi ranked number five just ahead of Peshawar and Rawalpindi which stand at six and seven in the list of 20 most polluted cities.

Separately, last week researchers revealed that air pollution kills more than 5.5 million people around the world each year, with over half of those deaths occurring in fast-growing China and India.

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The number of premature deaths will continue to climb in the years ahead unless more aggressive measures against pollution are adopted, scientists warned the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in the US capital.

“Air pollution is the fourth highest risk factor for death globally and by far the leading environmental risk factor for disease,” said Michael Brauer, a professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health in Vancouver, Canada.

This article originally appeared on The Guardian.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • PTI
    Feb 15, 2016 - 5:30PM

    When Shahbaz sharif is obsessed with Lahore, this is expected outcome.Recommend

  • Lion King
    Feb 15, 2016 - 7:24PM

    Karachi has been robbed, destroyed, polluted, occupied,

    desecrated to the most horrendous of levels under

    the rule of thugs from interior sindh looting

    this city in the name of sindhi majority

    democracy aka thuggery. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 15, 2016 - 9:43PM

    And if it weren’t for the sea breeze benefitting the immediate coastal neighborhoods in Karachi, the place may well be a lot worse.Recommend

  • abc
    Feb 15, 2016 - 10:55PM

    When are you people going to understand that Sindh has it’s own government and it’s own CM. If you think they’re so great and want them to do Karachi too, just vote for PML-N in Sindh too next time. I am sure they wouldn’t lose a moment before spending a gazillion rupees on a Karachi metro too…Recommend

  • Hassan Y.
    Feb 15, 2016 - 11:03PM

    Another slap on sindh government.
    May God have Mercy on the people of Karachi. The middle and lower class people are badly affected by Air pollution. They are not mostly in AC. Traffic is getting worst, developments are in Punjab and the city making most of the revenue has no improvement. Recommend

  • dashingnathan@yahoo.com
    Feb 16, 2016 - 10:45AM

    Baloch people voted for PML N but it doesnt seem like Balochistan is getting any better.Lahore is using whole countrys financial resources for metro train and buses while evryone else starves .Recommend

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