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Indian capital chokes under highly dangerous pollution levels

Schools shut, car rationing to begin to combat toxic smog over New Delhi

Vehicles drive through heavy smog in Delhi, India, Nov. 8.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- If you wish to travel to New Delhi anytime soon, it might be better to postpone that plan. The Indian capital is choking under very severe pollution levels, with doctors warning that inhaling its hazardous air is equal to smoking 50 cigarettes a day.

A thick layer of toxic smog has been hanging over the city since Tuesday, with visibility as low as 30 meters in some parts during early morning hours. Residents have been complaining of breathing trouble, burning sensations in their eyes and other health problems.

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