Air pollution killed nearly 5,000 people in Afghanistan last year: Health ministry Jan 14, 2021 0 289 12345 Kabul: - Nearly 5,000 people died in Afghanistan due to air pollution in 2020, the health ministry told dpa. They died due to respiratory and heart diseases which are considered to be caused by air pollution, Ministry spokeswoman Masouma Jafari said. Last year, the Afghan capital was considered the world’s worst polluted city. Around 10 percent of those killed due to these diseases in Afghanistan were in Kabul city, the ministry figures show. According to the air quality index, air in Kabul becomes “very unhealthy” at night during winter, placing Kabul among the most polluted cities in 2021. The head of Wazir Akbar Khan hospital, Dr. Abdullah Ahmadi, told dpa that the hospital has received more than 600 patients in less than one month. “An average of twenty patients with respiratory diseases visit our hospital on daily basis,” Ahmadi said. “Most of these problems are because of air pollution.” Excessive use of coal, old vehicles that produce a large amount of smoke and unpaved roads are the main reasons for increasing air pollution, an official at the National Environment Protection Agency told dpa. (dpa) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Israeli air strikes kill 40 pro-govt fighters in Syria Jan 14, 2021 0 1191 Indonesia starts mass vaccination campaign with Chinese Covid-19 jab Jan 14, 2021 0 330 Iran launches sea manoeuvres in Gulf Jan 14, 2021 0 42 Indonesia resumes search for cockpit voice recorder after jet crash Jakarta: Search teams resumed efforts on Wednesday to find the cockpit voice recorder and bodies from an Indonesian passenger jet that crashed over the weekend with 62 people on board. Navy divers on Tuesday retrieved .. Malaysian regions under lockdown as nation faces emergency rule Bangkok: A two-week lockdown affecting Malaysia’s commercial and administrative heartlands began on Wednesday, the day after authorities imposed a nationwide state of emergency. Local television news reports .. Kuwait’s govt ministers resign amid tension with parliament dpa Kuwait City Kuwait’s government ministers on Tuesday submitted their resignation to the Gulf country’s prime minister, Sabah al-Khalid, amid tension with parliament, the official Kuna news agency reported. Kuna .. Israel strikes Hamas posts in response to Gaza gunfire Tel Aviv/Gaza City - The Israeli army exchanged fire with Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, after shots were fired at a military vehicle adjacent to the security fence. In response, an Israeli tank ..