An Indian cyclist rides along a street as smog envelops a monument in New Delhi on October 31, 2016, the day after the Diwali festival.
New Delhi was shrouded in a thick blanket of toxic smog a day after millions of Indians lit firecrackers to mark the Diwali festival, causing the air pollution to hit "severe" level. The pollutants breached the 1000 microgram mark in the Indian capital and shot up nearly 10 times above the normal level in the early hours of Monday, mostly owing to bursting of millions of firecrackers, according to a weather scientist.
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