The fireworks let off for the Hindu festival of light, Diwali, have led to heavy air pollution in India's capital. But people are also choking on exhaust fumes and industrial emissions.
At least 12 people were killed by police in protests against the Sterlite Copper factory's pollution problems in Thoothukudi. Opposition politicians decried the violence as "state sponsored terrorism."
Over 90 percent of people on Earth are breathing high levels of pollutants, according to a World Health Organization report. The UN body warned that toxins in the air can lead to strokes, heart attacks and lung cancer.
A blanket of thick smog carrying harmful particulate matter has engulfed large parts of northern India and Pakistan. Hospitals in the region are witnessing a huge spike in patients suffering from respiratory problems.
The Indian capital is covered in a blanket of thick smog as the concentration of harmful particulate matter in the air reached hazardous levels. Local officials have asked schools to remain shut until Sunday.
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