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Toxic smog grips New Delhi

Residents in the Indian capital stay in their homes as a mixture of fog and smoke roll into the city

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Toxic smog grips New Delhi

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New Delhi was today (November 9) covered by a blanket of smog caused by fog rolling into the city and smoke from nearby fires.

Residents in the Indian capital complained of headaches, coughs and sore eyes as air quality levels in the city rocketed to 600 - the highest level on the govenment's register.

Many chose to stay at home, leaving restaurants deserted and 41 trains were also delayed due to poor visibility.

Illegal crop burning in the nearby agricultural states of Haryana and Punjab created plumes of smoke with crop waste totalling millions of tonnes being burned in October.