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Like Beijing, Delhi Deals With Polluted Air Almost Every Day

Facing the challenge of air pollution, residents in the Indian capital city struggle to breathe.

. Smoke billows out of a chimney of a small scale factory in New Delhi, India on Dec. 1, 2015.

New Delhi has earned the dubious distinction of being the the world's dirtiest city, surpassing Beijing, once the poster child for air pollution.

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. Commuters walk as vehicles move at a traffic signal in New Delhi on Nov. 24.

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. In order to fight the air pollution, some New Delhi residents tie handkerchiefs around their mouths and noses and others wear surgical masks. Above, an Indian woman riding a two wheeler has her face covered to protect from pollution as she waits at a traffic signal on Nov. 23.

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. Virdhi, 56, wears a scarf on his face to protect from pollution, as he sits near a two wheeler workshop on Nov. 23.

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. Sharma wears a mask to protect from pollution as he sits at the Lodhi garden in New Delhi on Dec. 1.

Over the last decade the city's air pollution has grown so rapidly that the cold weather turns the city into a grey, smog-filled health nightmare.

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. A bird flies on a smog filled morning on Nov. 11.

New Delhi’s government announced a slew of measures to curb the air pollution on Dec. 4. These measures are to take effect on the first day of 2016.

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. A participant wears a mask as she runs during Delhi Half Marathon on Nov. 29.

While surgical masks protect from larger pollution particles, they do little to filter out smaller PM2.5, the most lethal particulate pollution that can become lodged deep inside the lungs.

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. Sitesh Singh, 48, an auto rickshaw driver wears a mask to protect himself from pollution on Nov. 25.

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. An Indian woman covers her face from pollution as she waits at a bus station on Nov. 27.

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. After the Diwali Festival, which falls on Nov. 11 this year, the air pollution across New Delhi worsened. Above, an India man wears a face mask to protect himself from smoke on Nov. 11.



—— NBC News and Associated Press

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