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12:00 AM, November 15, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:39 AM, November 15, 2019

Fury in Delhi as smog engulfs children’s race

Hundreds of children ran a charity road race through poisonous smog in New Delhi yesterday, triggering a storm of criticism about the damage to their health.

Delhi and other cities in northern India have again been blanketed by haze that hits each winter due to build-up of vehicle fumes, industrial emissions and smoke from agricultural fires in regions around the capital.

The toxic air in the capital has taken pollution levels to almost 20 times World Health Organisation safe limits -- causing authorities to close all schools until today. But despite the conditions, children as young as nine competed in a road race through the city organised by a non-profit organisation to mark International Children’s Day.

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