The air quality index on Thursday was at a staggering 472 on a scale of 500, indicating possible serious respiratory risks for the general public, according to a government pollution monitor [Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters]

About 1,000 children ran a race in thick smog in the Indian capital New Delhi on Thursday, drawing criticism from people on social media, as schools were closed due to hazardous air quality.

The air quality index on Thursday was at a staggering 472 on a scale of 500, indicating possible serious respiratory risks for the general public, according to SAFAR, a government pollution monitor.

Air quality has remained hazardous for three consecutive days, which prompted the Environment Pollution Prevention & Control Authority (EPCA), a body appointed by the Supreme Court, to

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