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Delhi Smog: Delhiites Take Smogfies Even As The Capital Continues To Choke

News18.com

First published: November 7, 2016, 2:45 PM IST | Updated: November 7, 2016
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Delhi Smog: Delhiites Take Smogfies Even As The Capital  Continues To Choke
(Photo : AP/ Indian tourists take selfies against India Gate engulfed in smog.)

In an unprecedented move, the Delhi government on Sunday announced slew of measures to combat the crippling air pollution that has engulfed the city.

Delhi closed down its schools, halted construction and ordered that all roads be doused with water to settle dust, as the thick blanket of 'cancerous' smog continued to choke Delhiites.

And even while New Delhi, one of the world's dirtiest cities, saw levels of PM 2.5 — tiny particulate matter that can clog lungs — soar to over 900 micrograms per cubic meter on Saturday, with visibility dipping to as low as 400 metres in some parts of the city, some locals did not want to miss out on capturing the 'hazardous' air over Delhi in selfies.

Look at the amount of smog! The background looks blurry 😐 #delhi #smog #goaway #gooners #coyg #love #afcvthfc

A photo posted by Dipshika (@little_carmen09) on

Yes, even as the air quality dropped to dangerous levels for the city dwellers, especially those with lung disorders and health issues, some people did not forget to capture what is being called 'smog selfies'.

(Photo : AP/ Indian tourists take selfies against India Gate engulfed in smog.) (Photo : AP/ Indian tourists take selfies against India Gate engulfed in smog.)

#morning#departure #smog #delhi

A photo posted by Rejoice Varghese (@rejoice_v) on

In the picture below, visiting cricket players from Gujarat posed in masks for a selfie even as their match was cancelled due to the city's rising pollution levels.

The Centre for Science and Environment, a New Delhi-based research and lobbying organization, said government data shows that the smog that has covered the city for the last week is the worst in 17 years. The concentration of PM 2.5, averaged close to 700 micrograms per cubic meter. That's 12 times the government norm and a whopping 70 times the WHO standards.

#maskCity #smog #delhi

A photo posted by Manoj Yadav (@manoj249) on

Now a days selfies be like..cuz its SMOGinggg #DELHI #smog #pollution

A photo posted by ✖ПίŚҢΛПŦ✖ (@nishantmehra94) on

Behind me is either the Rashtrapati Bhawan or the India Gate. You can't tell, because you can't see it. This is not the landscape of some dystopian fiction of a far-off future that a movie director has constructed. This is it. We've officially reached the point where we've turned the ONE most basic biological need - the very air we breathe - into poison. We've killed air. And we're killing ourselves. Please, please, for the love of everything that is still sane, shake loose your egos. This is about your survival. Any other debate is redundant. Thanks @jpaonam for nominating me for the #MaskTheSmogChallenge. I nominate the following people to also post a picture of themselves with the smog to make people aware of what is pressing us. @iseestarwhales @anachronomaly @anonyaachoudhury @kangkanika #smog #savetheplanet #savemothernature #saveearth #pollution #stoppollution #cleanairisourright #savedelhi #saveyourselves #wakeup #myrighttobreathe

A photo posted by Rizowana Hussaini (@fadedredrose) on

#Smog effect☁️#🚨its cancerous

A photo posted by Surender Choudhary (@surender7_suri) on

And while the government assesses what further steps need to be taken to control the situation, it is upon us to take measures so as to reduce air pollution.

With input from AP.

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