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Delhi: Air Quality Drops to 'Emergency' Category

The blanket of haze over Delhi thickened on Friday morning with the national capital's pollution levels increasing overnight. The AQI entered the "severe plus" or "emergency" category, the first time since January this year.

October 29, 2019

Commuters ride on Rajpath amid heavy smog, in New Delhi. Delhi was enveloped in a thick layer of smog on Sunday morning with the minimum temperature settling at 18.7 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season's average.

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Vehicles ply on a road amid heavy smog, in New Delhi. Delhi was enveloped in a thick layer of smog on Sunday morning with the minimum temperature settling at 18.7 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season's average.

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People wear masks as the air quality further dips to the hazardous 'severe plus' category, due to heavy smog, in New Delhi. Delhi was enveloped in a thick layer of smog on Sunday morning with the minimum temperature settling at 18.7 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season's average.

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Security personnel wear masks as the air quality further dips to the hazardous 'severe plus' category, in New Delhi. Delhi was enveloped in a thick layer of smog on Sunday morning with the minimum temperature settling at 18.7 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season's average.

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A view of India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi. Pollution levels in Delhi and neighbouring cities dropped marginally on Saturday, a day after the region recorded its worst air quality forcing authorities to shut schools, ban all construction activities and declare a public health emergency.

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A view of Rajpath shrouded in smog in New Delhi.

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A view of Lodhi road shrouded in smog in New Delhi.

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A traffic policeman wearing an anti-pollution mask diverts the traffic, in New Delhi.

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A view of Rajpath shrouded in smog in New Delhi. The blanket of haze over Delhi thickened with pollution levels increasing overnight by around 50 points, taking the overall air quality index to 459.

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Members of Indian cricket team practice at Arun Jaitely Stadium covered in smog ahead of their first T20 cricket match in New Delhi. An expert panel in India's capital has declared a health emergency due to air pollution choking the city, with authorities ordering schools closed until Nov. 5.

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A man covers his face with a piece of cloth to protect himself from the pollution, in Amritsar.

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A bird flies past as Delhi's sky line is seen enveloped in smog and dust in New Delhi. An expert panel in India's capital has declared a health emergency due to air pollution choking the city, with authorities ordering schools closed until Nov. 5.

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Delhi's sky line is seen enveloped in smog and dust in New Delhi.

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Student after receiving anti-pollution masks from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, in New Delhi.

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A security person, wearing anti-pollution mask, guards outside the Reserve Bank of India in New Delhi.

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Vehicles ply amid an atmosphere shrouded in smog in New Delhi.

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Women are seen wearing masks to get protection from air-pollution, in New Delhi.

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Students, wearing masks to get protection from air-pollution, go to their school by a rickshaw, in New Delhi.

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BJP Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel during a day-long fast over air-pollution, at his residence in New Delhi.

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

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People, wearing masks to get protection from air-pollution, walk along a road in New Delhi.

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

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Deputy Chief Minister & Education Minister Manish Sisodia presents anti-pollution mask to a student at Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, in New Delhi.

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Vehicles ply amid an atmosphere shrouded in smog in New Delhi.

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Delhi metro running amid dense haze and low visibility, in Ghaziabad.

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A woman wearing a pollution mask rides a scooter, in Ghaziabad.

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A view of buildings shrouded in heavy haze, in Ghaziabad. The skies over Delhi NCR continue to be smoky grey with the air quality hovering between the 'very poor' and 'severe' category and the overall air quality index (AQI) crossing the 400 mark.

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A view of buildings shrouded in heavy haze, in Ghaziabad.

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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

Traffic policemen wear masks to protect themselves as air quality deteriorates, in New Delhi.

Photograph by Suresh K. Pandey

People wearing anti-pollution mask, as thick haze engulfs city in New Delhi.

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People wearing anti-pollution mask, as thick haze engulfs city in New Delhi.

Photograph by Suresh K. Pandey

Vehicles move through smog engulfed NH-24 in New Delhi.

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Vehicles move through smog engulfed NH-24 in New Delhi.

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A water tanker sprays water into the atmosphere to curb rising pollution at Patel Chowk in New Delhi. Delhi’s air quality took a hit after Diwali night due to a combination of firecracker emissions, stubble burning and unfavourable meteorological conditions.

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A man wears anti-pollution mask to protect himself from growing level of air pollution, in New Delhi.

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A view of Rajpath shrouded in smog in New Delhi. Delhi’s air quality took a hit after Diwali night due to a combination of firecracker emissions, stubble burning and unfavourable meteorological conditions.

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An aerial view of Connaught Place shrouded in heavy haze post-Diwali celebrations, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist

Delhi metro running amid dense haze and low visibility, in New Delhi. Delhi had anticipated the season's worst pollution levels in the morning after Diwali, but the air quality, although "very poor", turned out better than the last three years, according to data of the government's air quality monitors.

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An aerial view of Connaught place shrouded in heavy haze, in New Delhi. Delhi had anticipated the season's worst pollution levels in the morning after Diwali, but the air quality, although "very poor", turned out better than the last three years, according to data of the government's air quality monitors.

PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist

An aerial view of Connaught Place shrouded in heavy haze post-Diwali celebrations, in New Delhi.

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An Indian jogger wears a pollution mask early morning amidst light smog in New Delhi, India. The national capital's air quality dropped to the season's worst on the morning after the Hindu festival of Diwali, but the situation was still better than the last three years, according to government agencies.

AP Photo/Manish Swarup

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