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Toxic smog in India's capital fuels political blame game

New Delhi residents battle pollution-linked ailments, experts urge systematic action

Delhi is shrouded in heavy smog on Nov. 4. The pollution has hit residents hard and sparked political bickering.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Hazardous air pollution has thrown life in India's capital into disarray, while the local and federal governments attempt to pin blame for the annual scourge on each other.

Since late October, a thick layer of toxic smog has hung over New Delhi, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) readings oscillating between "very poor" and "severe." Some have gone so far as to liken the city to a "gas chamber."

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