Toxic pollution can be seen from space

Vehicles wait for a signal at a crossing as New Delhi is enveloped in smog Nov. 3.

Toxic air is choking New Delhi, closing schools and colleges, forcing cars off the road and prohibiting planes from landing at the airport.

The pollution is so bad that it can be seen from space.

The 20 million residents of New Delhi, one of the world’s most polluted cities, have suffered for weeks under a toxic haze that’s up to 10 times worse than the upper limits of what’s considered healthy.

“I have a headache every day I wake up. It’s suffocating to breathe sometimes. And inflammation in the nostrils and all. And eyes also. Like it kind of burns,” Ankusha Kushi, a student, told the Agence France-Presse news agency.

A public health emergency has remained in place in the city for the past five days as the air pollution is at its highest level in more than three years.

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