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  • 16 Facts About India That Will Blow Your Mind

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  • Business Insider
    India is one of the world's largest economies, and it has the second largest population.
    This means things in India tend to be fairly large-scaled — consider its network of roads, consumer spending, or its youth population.
    But it also experiences some problems on a large scale like suicides and road accidents.
    We pulled together some staggering statistics from the sub-continent.India's road network is long enough to loop around Earth over 117 times.
    India's road network totals 4.7 million kilometers and is the second largest in the world. Earth has a circumference of 40,075 kms.
    Source: CIA World FactBook
    New Delhi's air is the most polluted in the world.
    The World Health Organization found that New Delhi's PM 2.5 — particulate matter that is 2.5 micrometers or less and that is dangerous for lungs — mean was 152 micrograms per cubic meter. This was nearly three times that of Beijing which has an annual mean of 59.
    Source: The New York Times
    The wettest place in the world is in India, and it averages about 40 feet of rain a year.
    While Cherrapunji, India, likes to advertise itself as the wettest place in the world, it is argued that a neighboring town, Mawsynram, could in fact top it. On average, Mawsynram gets about 467.35 inches of rain per year, while Cherrapunji gets up 463.66 inches. Hawaii's Mount Waialeale receives about 450 inches of rain each year. 
    Source: Weather.com
    One person died on the road in India every three minutes in 2012.
    India saw 138,258 people die in road accidents in 2012. But in terms of the number of deaths per 100,000, India's accident death rate equaled 18.9 for every 100,00 people, only slightly higher than the global average of 18.
    Source: Quartz
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