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India Stifles Under Extremely Heavy Smog

Thick smog has blanketed the capital for days, a gray haze that makes a gentle stroll a serious health hazard.

A boy holds his pollution mask as he listens to a speaker during a protest against air pollution in New Delhi, India, on Nov. 6, 2016.

As a result of the heavy smog, schools in the Indian capital will be closed for three days, the government announced on Sunday.

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Commuters drive along a major road in New Delh on Nov. 7.

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Runners take part in the New Delhi 10K challenge amid heavy smog on Nov. 6. 

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The Indian flag flies on Red Fort amid heavy dust and smog on Nov. 7, in Mumbai.

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People walk inside the Ambedkar Memorial Park in Lucknow on Nov. 7.

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People walk in a park amid heavy dust and smog on Nov. 7 in Mumbai.

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A newspaper vendor wears a mask whilst he sorts newspapers on a road as heavy smog covers New Delhi on Nov. 7.

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A man walks on a pedestrian bridge in New Delhi on Nov. 6.

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A man and his family ride a bike during heavy dust and smog in New Delhi, on Nov. 6.

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