India’s capital chokes on ‘severe’ smog as farm fires soar

NEW DELHI, India (AFP) – New Delhi was blanketed in noxious haze yesterday as air pollution levels in parts of the city soared to “severe” levels, hours after United States (US) President Donald Trump described the air in the vast nation as “filthy”.

Smoke from agricultural burning, vehicle fumes and industrial emissions – combined with cooler temperatures and slow-moving winds that trap pollutants over the city – turns air in the Indian capital into a toxic soup every winter.

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