India's capital breathes toxic air as residents flout firecracker curbs

Pollution in the Indian capital New Delhi hit "severe" heights on Thursday after hundreds of revellers in the city let off fireworks long into the night to mark the major Hindu festival of Diwali. Two of the federal government's indices showed pollution levels at "very poor" and "severe", indicating that prolonged exposure could lead to respiratory illnesses. These indices measure the concentration of tiny poisonous particulate matter. The World is One News, WION examines global issues with in-depth analysis. We provide much more than the news of the day. Our aim is to empower people to explore their world. Please keep discussions on this channel clean and respectful and refrain from using racist or sexist slurs as well as personal insults. Subscribe to our channel at Check out our website: Connect with us on our social media handles: Facebook: Twitter: Google Plus: