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Air pollution hits ‘severe’ levels as Delhi wakes up to a choking blanket of smog

Delhi wakes up to ‘severe’ air quality under a blanket of thick haze, as pollution levels breach the permissible standards by multiple times. In images

Indian commuters amid heavy smog in New Delhi on Tuesday. AFP
Belgium’s King Philippe at the Indian Presidential Palace, in New Delhi. AP
Indian security personnel stand guard at the Rajghat, a memorial for Gandhi. AFP
The rapid fall in air quality and visibility began on Monday evening. AFP
By 10am, the Central Pollution Control Board recorded ‘severe’ air quality. AFP
Indian labourers work on a construction site amid heavy smog conditions. AFP

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