New Delhi, Oct. 22 -- Over 116,000 infants in India died within a month of their birth because of exposure to severe air pollution in 2019, according to the US-based Health Effects Institute and Global Burden of Disease, based on data from the latest State of Global Air report released on Wednesday, underscoring how dirty air has emerged as a factor in neonatal mortality.

Data shared by the Health Effects Institute said India had the highest burden of infant deaths from air pollution followed by Nigeria (67,900), Pakistan (56,500), Ethiopia (22,900), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (12,700). The report said 476,000 newborns worldwide died in 2019 within a month of birth as a result of air pollution.

Of neonatal deaths attributable to...