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In pics: Smog chokes Delhi, traps people in zero-visibility maze

Breathless in Delhi Updated: Nov 05, 2016 09:59 IST
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Heavy smog at Geeta colony in East Delhi, India, Thursday, Nov. 03, 2016. (Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)

A blanket of smog has engulfed the national capital with people complaining of zero visibility and the air quality touching dangerous levels.

An estimated 16 million people are breathing the toxic air which deceptively looks like fog. Experts have warned of severe health problems for children who are forced to attend school.

School children battled the haze of contaminated air early in the morning on their way to school. Despite that, the Delhi government said that they have no plans to close the schools.

There have been accidents reported due to low-visibility on Yamuna -Expressway as well.

On Wednesday, multiple monitoring agencies in Delhi recorded the highly polluting and dangerous PM2.5 and PM10 at over 10 times the safe limit across the city state during the day.

School children taking precautions during smog in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, November 3, 2016. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Children cover their face amid heavy smog in the early morning at Mayur Vihar in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, November 3, 2016. (Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
School children make their way to school amidst the heavy smog at Saket in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Nov. 03, 2016. (Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
Heavy smog at Geeta colony in East Delhi, India, Thursday, Nov. 03, 2016. (Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
The students and people face heavy smog in the early morning at Mayur Vihar in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, November 3, 2016. (Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A women covers her with her hands as she walks amid heavy smog in the early morning at Mayur Vihar in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, November 3, 2016. (Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A blanket of fog and haze on the Yamuna Expressway resulted in 20 vehicles crashing into each other at the Yamuna Expressway in Mathura on Thursday morning, injuring 12 people, police said. (HT Photo)
People assist in removing an accident damaged taxi on the NH8 in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, November 3, 2016. Insufficiently marked dividers (road bifurcates) are cause for several accidents on the fast moving expressway. (Gurinder Osan/HT PHOTO)