Delhi's smog causes authorities to declare emergency, but city residents go about their day — unguarded [Photos]

In Delhi, there seems to be a lack of awareness about the air pollution and ways to protect oneself against it. The worst affected are migrants and daily wage labourers, who are exposed to the pollution because of the nature of their jobs

Deepti Asthana November 02, 2019 16:51:56 IST
In Chandni Chowk, daily wage labourers wait for their turn to collect goods on a busy road. The rickshaw drivers and labourers are the people most impacted by Delhi's pollution due to the nature of their job.
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In Chandni Chowk, daily wage labourers wait for their turn to collect goods on a busy road. The rickshaw drivers and labourers are the people most impacted by Delhi's pollution due to the nature of their job.
For the last two years, the National Capital Region (NCR) has been severely polluted in the time period following Diwali, when air quality sharply declines. The haze covering the capital was a result of increasing farm fires and post-Diwali pollution. The AQI entered the 'severe plus' or 'emergency' category late Thursday night
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For the last two years, the National Capital Region (NCR) has been severely polluted in the time period following Diwali, when air quality sharply declines. The haze covering the capital was a result of increasing farm fires and post-Diwali pollution. The AQI entered the 'severe plus' or 'emergency' category late Thursday night
A group of migrant workers employed in the spice market take a break on a roof in Khari Baoli, Old Delhi. None of them are given masks during work hours.
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A group of migrant workers employed in the spice market take a break on a roof in Khari Baoli, Old Delhi. None of them are given masks during work hours.
Though schools were shut until the pollution could be curbed in the city, children continued to play at a park in Janakpuri West
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Though schools were shut until the pollution could be curbed in the city, children continued to play at a park in Janakpuri West
Captured at Chandni Chowk. Heavy traffic and congested streets further cause the air quality to deteriorate. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed Delhi a "gas chamber" and blamed stubble burning in neighbouring Haryana and nearby Punjab for the apocalyptic haze
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Captured at Chandni Chowk. Heavy traffic and congested streets further cause the air quality to deteriorate. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed Delhi a "gas chamber" and blamed stubble burning in neighbouring Haryana and nearby Punjab for the apocalyptic haze
Due to cloud cover, the toxic air in the city seemed to remain trapped. Sunlight was blocked by the haze. On Friday, the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority declared the public health emergency
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Due to cloud cover, the toxic air in the city seemed to remain trapped. Sunlight was blocked by the haze. On Friday, the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority declared the public health emergency
There seems to be a lack of awareness about the air pollution and ways to protect oneself against it. Here, a teenage boy sits outdoors, unaffected by the air quality.
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There seems to be a lack of awareness about the air pollution and ways to protect oneself against it. Here, a teenage boy sits outdoors, unaffected by the air quality.
This sports complex in Delhi was full, though the government had advised people to avoid exposure to pollution.
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This sports complex in Delhi was full, though the government had advised people to avoid exposure to pollution.
Pollution levels in Delhi and neighbouring cities dropped marginally on Saturday with a slight increase in the wind speed
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Pollution levels in Delhi and neighbouring cities dropped marginally on Saturday with a slight increase in the wind speed