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A pedestrians cover their face with a handkerchief for protection against air pollution, in New Delhi.

Photograph by Suresh K. Pandey

People hold placard and pollution masks during a demonstration rally for cleaner air, in Kolkata.

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A farmer burns paddy stubble in a farm at a village on the outskirts of Amritsar.

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Morning walkers wear pollution masks as thick haze engulfs city a day after Diwali celebrations, in New Delhi.

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People walk across a field engulfed in thick haze, in New Delhi.

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Commuters drive through heavy smog, a day after Diwali celebrations, in New Delhi.

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A train runs through the thick haze, a day after Diwali celebrations, in New Delhi.

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Morning walkers wear pollution masks as thick haze engulfs city a day after Diwali celebrations, in New Delhi.

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Morning haze envelops the skyline on the outskirts of New Delhi.

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A municipal worker with her daughter leaves after sweeping the India Gate area as a thick lawyer of pollution haze hangs a day after Diwali festival, in New Delhi.

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Rashtrapati Bhawan, or the Presidential Palace is partly visible due to smog as traffic plies on Rajapth, the ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi. Toxic smog shrouds the capital as air quality falls to hazardous levels with tens of thousands of people setting off massive firecrackers to celebrate the major festival of Diwali on Wednesday night.

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Smog envelopes the horizon in New Delhi. With air quality reduced to "very severe" in the Indian capital region, authorities are bracing for a major festival featuring massive fireworks that threatens to cloak New Delhi with more toxic smog and dust.

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Morning walkers wear pollution masks as thick haze engulfs city, at Lodi Gardens in New Delhi.

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Dust rises as municipal workers use brooms to sweep a road on a foggy day in Greater Noida.

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Central Public Works Department(CPWD) workers sweep at India Gate Lawns as thick haze engulfs the city, in New Delhi.

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A cyclist rides through heavy haze, in New Delhi.

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Commuters drive through a heavy haze, in New Delhi. According to the officials, pollution levels have sharply spiked as a thick haze engulfed the national capital, ahead of Diwali, due to the high impact of stubble burning that has pushed the air quality to the 'very poor' category.

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A view of the haze engulfed city as air quality deteriorates, in New Delhi. About 44 joint teams from various agencies will be deployed from November 01, 2018, to check air pollution in the national capital as the air quality in the city nosedived to 'severe' category.

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Vehicles ply at Rajpath as thick haze engulfs Vijay Chowk, in New Delhi. Delhi's air quality continued to remain in the very poor category as a thick haze engulfed the city which is battling alarming levels of pollution.

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Smoke rises as a farmer burns paddy stubbles at a village on the outskirts of Amritsar. Farmers are burning paddy stubble despite a ban, before growing the next crop.

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Students of a fashion institute hold placards during a rally against air pollution 'Be a Part of the Solution Not a part of Pollution', at Dilli Haat, in New Delhi.

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Indian fashion students, wearing anti-pollution masks, pose in front of a statue of former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam for creating awareness on air pollution in New Delhi. With air quality reduced to "very severe" in the Indian capital region, authorities are bracing for a major festival featuring massive fireworks that threatens to cloak New Delhi with more toxic smog and dust.

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Vehicles move on Wazirabad bridge as thick haze engulfs the skyline, in New Delhi.

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Ring Road and bridges are seen engulfed in thick haze, in New Delhi. Delhi's air quality remained in the very poor category despite a slew of measures that were implemented in the national capital ahead of Diwali when a spike in pollution was expected to hit the city.

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People wearing anti-pollution mask, jogs through smog at Lodhi Garden in New Delhi.

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Vehicles ply on a road as thick haze engulfs the city, in New Delhi. Delhi's air quality continued to remain in the very poor category as a thick haze engulfed the city which is battling alarming levels of pollution.

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India's Rashtrapati Bhawan, or the Presidential Palace is partly visible due to smog as traffic plies on Rajapth, the ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi.

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Government buildings are partly visible due to smog as people sit on a lawn in New Delhi. With air quality reduced to "very severe" in the Indian capital region, authorities are bracing for a major festival featuring massive fireworks that threatens to cloak New Delhi with more toxic smog and dust.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses the media persons from Chandigarh, Punjab & Haryana units and party members of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), at the Chandigarh Press Club.

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People wearing masks display placards during a protest against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the issue of air pollution, at Jantar-Mantar, in New Delhi.

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A cyclist rides through the heavy haze at Rajpath in New Delhi.

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A cyclist rides through the heavy haze at Rajpath in New Delhi. About 44 joint teams from various agencies will be deployed to check air pollution in the national capital as the air quality in the city nosedived to 'severe' category.

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A PWD worker sprays water on the road as a part of the measures taken to fight against pollution, in New Delhi.

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A ragpicker boy stand next to burning garbage on the outskirts of New Delhi.

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Morning haze envelops the skyline on the outskirts of New Delhi. With air quality reduced to "very severe" in the Indian capital region, authorities are bracing for a major festival featuring massive fireworks that threatens to cloak New Delhi with more toxic smog and dust.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Traffic policemen wear masks to protect themselves as air quality deteriorates, in New Delhi. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi's air quality was on the brink of turning severe which witnessed the worst pollution of the season as stubble burning in neighbouring states intensified.

PTI Photo/Atul Yadav

A farmer burns paddy stubble in Haryana

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

A farmer burns paddy stubble in Haryana

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

A farmer burns paddy stubble in Haryana

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

Commuters make their way through smoke caused by farmers burning crop stubble on the outskirts of Amritsar, Punjab.

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A couple on a scooter ride through smoke caused by farmers burning crop stubble on the outskirts of Amritsar, Punjab.

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A man rides a buffalo cart through smoke caused by farmers burning crop stubble on the outskirts of Amritsar.

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Commuters make their way through smoke caused by farmers burning crop stubble on the outskirts of Amritsar, Punjab.

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Smoke rises from crop stubble set on fire by farmers on the outskirts of Amritsar.

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Smoke rises from crop stubble set on fire by farmers on the outskirts of Amritsar, Punjab.

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A tractor is seen next to crop stubble set on fire by farmers on the outskirts of Amritsar, Punjab.

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A farmer burns crop stubble after harvesting paddy on the outskirts of Amritsar, Punjab.

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A farmer is seen through smoke as he walks back after burning paddy crop stubble on the outskirts of Amritsar, Punjab.

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Morning haze envelops the skyline on the outskirts of New Delhi. The capital and large parts of north India gasp for breath for most of the year due to air pollution caused by dust, burning of crops, emissions from factories and the burning of coal and piles of garbage.

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A view of Yamuna river as smog and air pollution continue to be above hazardous levels, in New Delhi. The Central Pollution Control Board recorded the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 292, while the Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research reported an AQI of 318, which falls in the "very poor" category.

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Firewood is stacked up at a closed brick kiln near Mathura. The Indian capital and large parts of north India gasp for breath for most of the year due to air pollution caused by dust, burning of crops, emissions from factories and the burning of coal and piles of garbage.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Morning haze envelops the skyline on the outskirts of New Delhi. The capital and large parts of north India gasp for breath for most of the year due to air pollution caused by dust, burning of crops, emissions from factories and the burning of coal and piles of garbage.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Sri Lankan players wear anti-pollution masks on the field as the air quality deteriorates during the second day of their third test cricket match against India in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Atul Yadav

School children hold banners take out march to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi.

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A woman shops for air purifiers at a market place in New Delhi.

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A rickshawpuller ferries a balloon vendor through dense smog in Meerut.

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A school boy walks across a pedestrian bridge as the morning sun is enveloped by a blanket of smog in New Delhi.

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A NDMC worker sprays water on a tree to settle dust as part of the measure against pollution, in New Delhi.

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Nikunj Pandey, left, sits with his friends wearing pollution mask in New Delhi. Experts have compared it to smoking a couple of packs of cigarettes a day. A recent report by the Lancet medical journal estimated that a quarter of all premature deaths in India, some 2.5 million each year, are caused by pollution.

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The morning sun is enveloped by a blanket of smog on the outskirts of New Delhi. A thick gray haze has enveloped capital region as air pollution hit hazardous levels.

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Commuters wait for transport amid thick blanket of smog on the outskirts of New Delhi.

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People emerge from a thick blanket of smog on the outskirts of New Delhi. As air pollution peaked this week in Delhi, it rose to more than 30 times the World Health Organization’s recommended safe level.

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