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Delhi Smog: Kids March for Pollution Awareness

India | News18 | November 15, 2017, 2:30 pm
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 School children hold banners take out march to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi, on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

School children hold banners take out march to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi, on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

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 School children take out march to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi, on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

School children take out march to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi, on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

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 School children hold banners and take out march to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi, on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

School children hold banners and take out march to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi, on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

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 School children take out a march to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi, on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

School children take out a march to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi, on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

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 School children dressed in the costumes of tiger and lion take out march to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi, on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

School children dressed in the costumes of tiger and lion take out march to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi, on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

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 School children, wearing masks, take part in an awareness march on the alarming levels of air pollution in the city, in New Delhi on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

School children, wearing masks, take part in an awareness march on the alarming levels of air pollution in the city, in New Delhi on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

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 A School boy painted his face as a green tree participates in a march with other school children to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi, on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

A School boy painted his face as a green tree participates in a march with other school children to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi, on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

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 School children take part in an awareness march on the alarming levels of air pollution in the city, in New Delhi on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

School children take part in an awareness march on the alarming levels of air pollution in the city, in New Delhi on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

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 School children hold banners take out march to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi, on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

School children hold banners take out march to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi, on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

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 School children take out march to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi, on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

School children take out march to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi, on November 15, 2017. (Image: PTI)

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 School children wear masks to fight pollution and participate in a demonstration to demand clean air in New Delhi on November 14, 2017. (Image: PTI)

School children wear masks to fight pollution and participate in a demonstration to demand clean air in New Delhi on November 14, 2017. (Image: PTI)

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 Schoolgirl wears a mask to fight pollution and participate in a demonstration to demand clean air in New Delhi on November 14, 2017. (Image: PTI)

Schoolgirl wears a mask to fight pollution and participate in a demonstration to demand clean air in New Delhi on November 14, 2017. (Image: PTI)

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 Children, wearing masks as protection against smog and air pollution, wait for their school bus in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Children, wearing masks as protection against smog and air pollution, wait for their school bus in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 A man, carrying his kids, cycles through heavy smog and air pollution, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

A man, carrying his kids, cycles through heavy smog and air pollution, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 A man, carrying school children, cycles through heavy smog and air pollution, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

A man, carrying school children, cycles through heavy smog and air pollution, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 A man adjusts the anti-pollution mask of his daughter while dropping her to school in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

A man adjusts the anti-pollution mask of his daughter while dropping her to school in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 Children, wearing masks as protection against smog and air pollution, wait for their school bus in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Children, wearing masks as protection against smog and air pollution, wait for their school bus in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 Children, wearing masks, walk to their school amid smog, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Children, wearing masks, walk to their school amid smog, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 A traffic policeman, wearing an anti-pollution mask, mans traffic amid smog and air pollution which continues to be above dangerous level, at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

A traffic policeman, wearing an anti-pollution mask, mans traffic amid smog and air pollution which continues to be above dangerous level, at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 People commute during the foggy in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

People commute during the foggy in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 People commute amidst haze and smog in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

People commute amidst haze and smog in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 CISF Security Personnel wears an anti-pollution mask as air pollution reached hazardous levels in New Delhi. (Image: News18)

CISF Security Personnel wears an anti-pollution mask as air pollution reached hazardous levels in New Delhi. (Image: News18)

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 BJP President Manoj Tiwari distributing anti-pollution masks at Rajiv Chowk in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

BJP President Manoj Tiwari distributing anti-pollution masks at Rajiv Chowk in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 View of the Central Park at Rajiv Chowk, enveloped by heavy smog in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

View of the Central Park at Rajiv Chowk, enveloped by heavy smog in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 A woman and her child try to protect themselves from heavy smog and air pollution that reached hazardous levels in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

A woman and her child try to protect themselves from heavy smog and air pollution that reached hazardous levels in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 CISF Security Personnel wears an anti-pollution mask as air pollution reached hazardous levels in New Delhi. (Image: News18)

CISF Security Personnel wears an anti-pollution mask as air pollution reached hazardous levels in New Delhi. (Image: News18)

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 Vehicles plying on a road in smog, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Vehicles plying on a road in smog, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 Security person wears a mask to protect from heavy smog and air pollution at North Block in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Security person wears a mask to protect from heavy smog and air pollution at North Block in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 Birds fly amid smog near AIIMS in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Birds fly amid smog near AIIMS in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 Sufi Singer Sonia Arora buying an air purifier at Shop in Delhi. Demand of air purifier increased in Delhi after increase in air pollution. (Image: News18)

Sufi Singer Sonia Arora buying an air purifier at Shop in Delhi. Demand of air purifier increased in Delhi after increase in air pollution. (Image: News18)

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 A commuter uses his handkerchief to protect himself from heavy smog and air pollution that reached hazardous levels, at a bus stop in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

A commuter uses his handkerchief to protect himself from heavy smog and air pollution that reached hazardous levels, at a bus stop in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 A group of foreign tourists at Vijay Chowk during heavy smog and air pollution in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

A group of foreign tourists at Vijay Chowk during heavy smog and air pollution in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 The national capital saw yet another hazardous morning on November 8, 2017, as its early morning air quality index (AQI) remained severe and smog continued to envelop the city. (Image: News18)

The national capital saw yet another hazardous morning on November 8, 2017, as its early morning air quality index (AQI) remained severe and smog continued to envelop the city. (Image: News18)

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 At 6 am, Delhi's AQI read 480, while Delhi-NCR’s was 445. Conditions are termed severe when the AQI levels are between 400 and 500. (Image: News18)

At 6 am, Delhi's AQI read 480, while Delhi-NCR’s was 445. Conditions are termed severe when the AQI levels are between 400 and 500. (Image: News18)

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 Data gathered by the pollution monitors painted a grim picture across the capital, with areas such as Siri Fort and RK Puram having an AQI of 482 and 486, while, Shadipur and Punjabi Bagh had AQIs of 491 and 492. (Image: News18)

Data gathered by the pollution monitors painted a grim picture across the capital, with areas such as Siri Fort and RK Puram having an AQI of 482 and 486, while, Shadipur and Punjabi Bagh had AQIs of 491 and 492. (Image: News18)

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 Women try to protect themselves from heavy smog and air pollution that reached hazardous levels in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: PTI)

Women try to protect themselves from heavy smog and air pollution that reached hazardous levels in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: PTI)

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 Apartments covered with thick smog at Greater Noida on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

Apartments covered with thick smog at Greater Noida on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

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 CISF Security Personnel wears mask at Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Head office in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

CISF Security Personnel wears mask at Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Head office in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

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 People cover their noses as air pollution reached hazardous levels in New Delhi. (Image: News18)

People cover their noses as air pollution reached hazardous levels in New Delhi. (Image: News18)

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 Pollution levels reaching severe category are reminiscent of the public health emergency that Delhi faced in 2016. Keeping in mind the particularly high levels in the morning, the Delhi government told schools in the city, up till class V, to shut down on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

Pollution levels reaching severe category are reminiscent of the public health emergency that Delhi faced in 2016. Keeping in mind the particularly high levels in the morning, the Delhi government told schools in the city, up till class V, to shut down on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

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 The government has also stopped all outdoor activities in schools, after the Indian Medical Association (IMA) asked it to take steps to protect children from the

The government has also stopped all outdoor activities in schools, after the Indian Medical Association (IMA) asked it to take steps to protect children from the "hazardous" air pollution levels. (Image: News18)

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 Students using handkerchiefs to cover their face as smog covers the capital's skyline on November 8, 2017. (Image: PTI)

Students using handkerchiefs to cover their face as smog covers the capital's skyline on November 8, 2017. (Image: PTI)

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 CISF Security Personnel wears mask at Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Head office in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

CISF Security Personnel wears mask at Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Head office in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

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 The government has also advised citizens to not burn dry leaves, crop residue, wood or coal. It has encouraged the use of carpooling and public transport, to cut down on vehicular emissions. (Image: News18)

The government has also advised citizens to not burn dry leaves, crop residue, wood or coal. It has encouraged the use of carpooling and public transport, to cut down on vehicular emissions. (Image: News18)

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 People were seen wearing pollution masks while they commute to their workplaces in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: PTI)

People were seen wearing pollution masks while they commute to their workplaces in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: PTI)

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 The Supreme Court has also stepped in and constituted the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) asking Delhi Metro to lower its fares during non-peak hours for the next 10 days and introduce more coaches. (Image: News18)

The Supreme Court has also stepped in and constituted the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) asking Delhi Metro to lower its fares during non-peak hours for the next 10 days and introduce more coaches. (Image: News18)

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 Targeting the number of cars taken out on Delhi roads, the EPCA has also recommended quadrupling parking fees, while floating a fine of Rs 50,000 on road construction agencies who were not following pollution norms. (Image: News18)

Targeting the number of cars taken out on Delhi roads, the EPCA has also recommended quadrupling parking fees, while floating a fine of Rs 50,000 on road construction agencies who were not following pollution norms. (Image: News18)

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 Delhi Traffic policeman wears anti-pollution mask as air pollution reached hazardous levels in New Delhi. (Image: News18)

Delhi Traffic policeman wears anti-pollution mask as air pollution reached hazardous levels in New Delhi. (Image: News18)

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 If conditions get worse, construction will be temporarily banned, as it was last year. (Image: News18)

If conditions get worse, construction will be temporarily banned, as it was last year. (Image: News18)

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 A car makes its way amidst the heavy smog at Outer Ring Road in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

A car makes its way amidst the heavy smog at Outer Ring Road in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

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 People cover their noses as air pollution reached hazardous levels in New Delhi. (Image: News18)

People cover their noses as air pollution reached hazardous levels in New Delhi. (Image: News18)

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 Parliament House engulfed in a thick smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

Parliament House engulfed in a thick smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

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 Commuters make their way amidst the heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

Commuters make their way amidst the heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

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 Yamuna Bank metro station engulfed in a thick smog in Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

Yamuna Bank metro station engulfed in a thick smog in Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

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 Yamuna Bank metro station engulfed in a thick smog in Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

Yamuna Bank metro station engulfed in a thick smog in Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

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 Apartments covered with thick smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

Apartments covered with thick smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. (Image: News18)

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 As Delhi woke up to a white cover of fog on Tuesday morning, pollution levels in the national capital was ‘severe’ for the second time since Diwali. (Image: News18)

As Delhi woke up to a white cover of fog on Tuesday morning, pollution levels in the national capital was ‘severe’ for the second time since Diwali. (Image: News18)

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 While an Air Quality Index (AQI) between 0-50 is considered good, Delhi’s average AQI was 411 at 9am on Tuesday morning, which is read as severe. (Image: News18)

While an Air Quality Index (AQI) between 0-50 is considered good, Delhi’s average AQI was 411 at 9am on Tuesday morning, which is read as severe. (Image: News18)

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 According to the IMD, visibility also took a plunge and it was way below 200 metres. (Image: News18)

According to the IMD, visibility also took a plunge and it was way below 200 metres. (Image: News18)

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 According to ANI, at least 20 flights were affected at the Delhi airport. (Image: News18)

According to ANI, at least 20 flights were affected at the Delhi airport. (Image: News18)

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 The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has also written to the Delhi government, advising it to stop outdoor activities and sports at schools in the morning. (Image: News18)

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has also written to the Delhi government, advising it to stop outdoor activities and sports at schools in the morning. (Image: News18)

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 With the pollution levels in the city going up by 12-19 folds than the permissible limits, the medical body has issued a warning. (Image: News18)

With the pollution levels in the city going up by 12-19 folds than the permissible limits, the medical body has issued a warning. (Image: News18)

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 A majority of the 18 pollution monitors installed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi Pollution Control Committee and the Indian Meteorological Department read 'severe'. (Image: News18)

A majority of the 18 pollution monitors installed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi Pollution Control Committee and the Indian Meteorological Department read 'severe'. (Image: News18)

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 The worst reading was at Shadipur, West Delhi, where the AQI was 448, while Anand Vihar's AQI was at 422, up from 411 at 10 pm on Monday night. (Image: News18)

The worst reading was at Shadipur, West Delhi, where the AQI was 448, while Anand Vihar's AQI was at 422, up from 411 at 10 pm on Monday night. (Image: News18)

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 RK Puram, another heavily polluted spot in the city was at 414 and Punjabi Bagh at 420. (Image: News18)

RK Puram, another heavily polluted spot in the city was at 414 and Punjabi Bagh at 420. (Image: News18)

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 Mathura Road was also at 441, which is one of the highest in the city. (Image: News18)

Mathura Road was also at 441, which is one of the highest in the city. (Image: News18)

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 The IMA has also asked the upcoming Delhi Half Marathon to be cancelled. (Image: News18)

The IMA has also asked the upcoming Delhi Half Marathon to be cancelled. (Image: News18)

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 With the morning air going to severe levels, it becomes all the more hazardous for school and college-going students and office goers. (Image: News18)

With the morning air going to severe levels, it becomes all the more hazardous for school and college-going students and office goers. (Image: News18)

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 Students at North Campus were faced with more risk at the AQI measured 425 here. (Image: News18)

Students at North Campus were faced with more risk at the AQI measured 425 here. (Image: News18)

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 Morning walkers at Lodhi Road were also faced with an equally polluted air with an AQI of 407 and 408 at Siri Fort area. (Image: News18)

Morning walkers at Lodhi Road were also faced with an equally polluted air with an AQI of 407 and 408 at Siri Fort area. (Image: News18)

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 According to CPCB, a city hits 'severe' when it's AQI is between 401 and 500 and the two primary pollutants, PM10 and PM2.5, are above 430µg/m3 and 250µg/m3 respectively. (Image: News18)

According to CPCB, a city hits 'severe' when it's AQI is between 401 and 500 and the two primary pollutants, PM10 and PM2.5, are above 430µg/m3 and 250µg/m3 respectively. (Image: News18)

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 Delhi's air, right now, is dangerous even for healthy people, which inevitably has a serious impact on those who are already ailing. (Image: News18)

Delhi's air, right now, is dangerous even for healthy people, which inevitably has a serious impact on those who are already ailing. (Image: News18)

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 School children cover their noses as air pollution reached hazardous levels in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

School children cover their noses as air pollution reached hazardous levels in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 A Tri-Cyclist pedals through an empty road during morning fog in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

A Tri-Cyclist pedals through an empty road during morning fog in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 Indian presidential staff members walk surrounded by smog at the presidential palace in New Delhi on November 7, 2017. Air pollution in India's capital has hit hazardous levels prompting local officials to ask that school shut down and a half marathon scheduled later in November be called off. (Image: AP)

Indian presidential staff members walk surrounded by smog at the presidential palace in New Delhi on November 7, 2017. Air pollution in India's capital has hit hazardous levels prompting local officials to ask that school shut down and a half marathon scheduled later in November be called off. (Image: AP)