According to data released by the World Bank and the National Family Health Survey, 60 out of every 1,000 children in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh die before reaching the age of five.
Across the country, 42 out of every 1,000 children die before their 5th birthday. Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh topped the list of states with the highest infant mortality rate in India, while Puducherry and Goa recorded the lowest.
According to the World Bank, 10 Indian states with the highest child mortality rates have been compared with Afghanistan and North and South Africa. Africa, in particular, includes countries with long-running riots.
The death toll has been recorded in 16 of India’s 34 states and unions. On the other hand, out of 194 countries, 27 countries have recorded higher infant mortality rate than India, including Afghanistan.