New Delhi chokes on toxic smog after Diwali


NEW Delhi was shrouded in a thick blanket of toxic smog this morning (October 31) after millions of Indians lit firecrackers to mark Diwali, with authorities reporting record levels of pollution in parts of the capital. The reading for pollutants in the atmosphere breached the 1,000 microgram mark for the first time in one neighbourhood in south Delhi – 10 times the World Health Organization’s recommended level. It came on the same day that another United Nations body reported how some 300 million children live with outdoor air so polluted it can cause serious physical damage, with the situation most…

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