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A Look at New Delhi's Extreme Pollution Levels

IN PICTURES: Medical professionals in New Delhi’s primary hospital say breathing in the Indian capital's air is equivalent to smoking 50 cigarettes a day.

Pollution levels have hit a new high in New Delhi, India, where clouds of smog have settled in every corner of the city in a thick haze.

According to environmental authorities, the extreme situation is a result of illegal crop burning. Officials say inhaling these toxic pollutants could cause heart attacks, strokes, cancer, and respiratory diseases. India is set to use fire trucks to spray water to combat the toxic smog and dust.

Authorities have begun measures such as a halt to construction, restrictions on the use of cars, and increasing parking rates to combat the recurring crisis.

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“The air quality in Delhi is deteriorating, we should not put the health of children at risk,” New Delhi Deputy Prime Minister Manish Siso said.
“The air quality in Delhi is deteriorating, we should not put the health of children at risk,” New Delhi Deputy Prime Minister Manish Siso said. Photo:AFP
Those with respiratory health issues and children are strongly urged to stay indoors, a statement from the federal health ministry said.
Those with respiratory health issues and children are strongly urged to stay indoors, a statement from the federal health ministry said. Photo:AFP
Medical professionals in New Delhi’s primary hospital say breathing in the capital’s air is equivalent to smoking 50 cigarettes a day.
Medical professionals in New Delhi’s primary hospital say breathing in the capital’s air is equivalent to smoking 50 cigarettes a day. Photo:AFP
Due to the thick clouds of pollution, serious delays have been seen in all modes of transportation, particularly for railways and airways.
Due to the thick clouds of pollution, serious delays have been seen in all modes of transportation, particularly for railways and airways. Photo:AFP
Residents have complained of headaches, eye irritation and coughing, while authorities continue to discourage all outdoor activities.
Residents have complained of headaches, eye irritation and coughing, while authorities continue to discourage all outdoor activities. Photo:AFP
New Delhi authorities have temporarily closed schools across the region due to high pollution concentration, which also face construction dust in the most populated areas.
New Delhi authorities have temporarily closed schools across the region due to high pollution concentration, which also face construction dust in the most populated areas. Photo:AFP
Authorities said they plan to use fire trucks to spray water where there is a high concentration of toxic smog and dust.
Authorities said they plan to use fire trucks to spray water where there is a high concentration of toxic smog and dust. Photo:AFP
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the head of the New Delhi government, called the city a “gas chamber.”
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the head of the New Delhi government, called the city a “gas chamber.” Photo:AFP
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