WATCH: ‘Wastewater’ pollution is a ‘disaster for everyone’: Watchdog

The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging the global community to step up to address the pollution that has been released into the atmosphere, with the country of India and Nepal among the most affected countries.

The WHO’s chief Margaret Chan said Monday in Geneva that the global health community needs to be united to confront pollution.

The agency said the air pollution crisis is “the largest public health crisis in modern history” and will take years to recover.

“In this time, we are in need of the international community to take bold action,” Chan said.

“We are in a position to help solve the problem and, at the same time, to help our citizens to avoid a future of increased mortality and pollution.”

Chan said the WHO and the World Bank are also working to coordinate their efforts to combat the problem.