The number of children in India suffering from asthma, allergies, and other respiratory disorders has shot up in the last two decades. One in five child deaths is linked to air or other pollution and 90 percent of children around the world breathe toxic air.
In 2016, the world reported 5,43,000 deaths in children under the age of 5 years because of air pollution or household pollution.
While the major cause of allergies and respiratory trouble in the west is pollen, India has reported a sharp increase in respiratory trouble caused by dust, air pollution, dander, dust mites, cockroaches, and pollen.
At least 37.5 MILLION Indians suffer from asthma. For context, that's HALF the size of the UK's population.
And India accounts for more than 10 percent of the total number of asthmatics in the world.
There are many reasons for this increase in respiratory problems.
Climate change, air pollution, poverty, and the economic boom of the 1990s all make it harder to breathe.