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Residents left with burning eyes as thick smog blankets New Delhi

Residents of the Indian capital city Delhi and the nearby NCR region are being heavily affected by toxic air pollution that has caused health complications and travel chaos. Video filmed in Delhi on November 3 shows visibility reduced to a distance of 300 metres, obscuring the sun and buildings in the area. The Chief Minister of the state has ordered several schools, colleges and other institutions remain closed until further notice, while several flights have been diverted due to the poor visibility. The condition of the air pollution has severed due to the burning of stubbles in the adjoining state Haryana and Punjab. The air quality Index has exceeded 1400 AQI on November 3, with over 100 being considered unsafe. One of the officials of the Central Pollution Control Board said, "It is unlikely the smoke enveloping the region will loosen its grip in the next few days. The air quality has even breached the severe category, it cannot be brought down instantaneously.” The government has urged the residents to use public transportation as much as possible. People affected with bronchial disease like asthma are suggested to stay indoors until the pollution levels come down. The state government has also issued a traffic notice where odd and even numbered vehicles will drive in rotation on alternate days in order to reduce the pollution.
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