New Delhi: Nine out of ten people are inhaling toxic air, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday, calling for action against pollution. A report by the UN health agency said that 92% of the world’s population lives in areas where the air quality exceeds the WHO limits.

The figures come from the new satellite data over rural areas to complement traditional measurements of pollution, mostly in cities.

“There are two things happening. One is: rich countries are getting much better in improving the quality of the air. And two: poorer countries are getting worse. That is the overall trend,” said Dr. Carlos Dora, WHO coordinator for environmental and social determinants of health.

In May this year, a similar report was released by WHO saying 98% of residents in large cities of low income countries face extremely high air pollution.

More than six million deaths are reported due to indoor or outdoor pollution every year.