India pollution reaches hazardous levels

India pollution reaches hazardous levels

NEW DELHI: Residents in New Delhi woke up to dense smog with pollution levels touching "Hazardous" Levels, triggering warnings that even healthy people were at risk of respiratory problems.

Beginning in October, burning of stubble farmland around Delhi, along with vehicle and industrial emissions, and the lighting of firecrackers during Hindu festivals, combined to create a toxic haze that can hang over the city for months.

A thick layer of smog blanketed Indian presidential palace and other parts of Delhi. 

A resident complained of teary eyes and said that they were moving out of their residences only after checking the air quality index of the region.