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Northern India chokes on toxic smog after Diwali revellers defy bans on firecrackers

Northern India chokes on toxic smog after Diwali revellers defy bans on firecrackers

Hundreds of millions of Indians in north India woke up on Sunday to toxic air following Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, after many revellers defied bans on using firecrackers to celebrate. The capital New Delhi was blanketed with a thick haze, with the average pollution level over nine times what is considered safe by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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