Respiratory ailments claimed 207 lives in smog-hit Delhi in 2016, third highest after UP, Bengal

Delhi witnessed its worst smog in 17 years in 2016. Fumes from stubble-burning regions, firecrackers burnt during Diwali.

Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Acute respiratory infections (ARI) has claimed the maximum number of lives in Delhi in 2016  the National Capital has experienced its one of the worst pollution events in recent times which is nothing compared to the previous years.

At least 207 people had died in Delhi in 2016 because of ARI. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, the number of deaths related to such infections were 175, 106 and 133, respectively. Delhi’s is the third highest death toll in the country in 2016, after Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. While 822 people died in UP, 635 died in West Bengal in the same year.

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