The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health also noted that nearly all pollution-linked deaths - around 92 percent - were in poor or middle-income countries, and as many as a quarter of such deaths were reported from rapidly industrialising countries including India.
According to reports, clearly shows that five death in every minute due to pollution in the country, researchers also stated that China stood second with 1.8 million deaths attributed to pollution.
Most of these deaths were caused by non-infectious diseases linked to pollution, such as heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.
In Europe, only Belgium had a worse record than the United Kingdom in the proportion of deaths attributed to pollution.
In rapidly industrialising countries such as India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Madagascar and Kenya while deaths due to pollution can account for up to one in four deaths.
The study for The Lancet medical journal finds that Britain has the third highest rate of pollution deaths in western Europe, with 50,000 people dying each year, mostly through toxic traffic fumes. Meantime, water pollution was responsible for 1.8 million fatalities, while work-related pollution - which caused 800,000 deaths two years ago - posed the next largest risk, the report said.
Types of pollution associated with industrial development, such as ambient air pollution (including ozone), chemical, occupational pollution and soil pollution, have increased from 4.3 million (9.2 per cent) in 1990 to 5.5 million (10.2 per cent) in 2015 as countries reach higher levels of development.