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Thursday, December 27, 2018, 14:22
Indian firefighters battle air pollution in New Delhi
By Associated Press
Thursday, December 27, 2018, 14:22 By Associated Press

In this Dec 26, 2018, photo, a motorcyclist rides wearing pollution masks in New Delhi, India. (MANISH SWARUP / AP)

NEW DELHI — Indian authorities have ordered firefighters in the capital to sprinkle water from high-rise buildings to settle dust and stop garbage fires and have banned construction activity amid hazardous air quality affecting millions of people.

A government advisory asked people to avoid jogging and use masks

New Delhi recorded one of the highest pollution levels of the year on Sunday with the air quality index, measuring sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, touching 450.

The air started improving Wednesday with an increase in wind speed. However, the level of PM 2.5, tiny particulate matter that can dangerously clog lungs, exceeded 320 on Thursday, more than 13 times beyond what the World Health Organization considers safe.

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In this Dec 26, 2018, photo, people take early morning walk amidst smog in New Delhi, India. (MANISH SWARUP / AP)

A government advisory asked people to avoid jogging and use masks.

India's air pollution comes mostly from diesel fuel-burning vehicles, coal-fired power plants and crop burning.

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