Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Heartwrenching photos of the world's smoggiest cities (17 Pics)

Schools in Malaysia closed on Friday for the first time in 12 years due to air pollution. Though the schools reopened this week, the smothering haze shrouded Kuala Lumpur and other areas in pollution from the Indonesian forest fires.

Many other areas around the globe suffer from poor air quality, from Delhi, India to Christchurch, New Zealand.
Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Monday.

The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Monday.

Behind the Taj Mahal in Agra, India in March 2011.

Construction workers in Singapore on Sept. 14, 2015. The National Environment Agency of Singapore reported a 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reading of 152; air quality with PSI reading between 101 and 200 is termed 'unhealthy' by the agency.

Taipei, Taiwan in August 2014.

A new bridge under construction over the Siak river in Pekanbaru, Riau Province, Indonesia on March 7, 2014.

The Los Angeles city skyline on May 31, 2015.

The Bund on Dec. 29, 2014 in Shanghai, China. Shanghai's real-time air pollution index (API) read high 203 on Monday morning.

An aerial view of Santiago shows a layer of smog caused by emissions from local industries and the growing number of cars, on Aug. 1, 2015.

Factory chimneys emit smoke and winter smog makes it hard to see houses between the trees in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand in June 2009.

A golden sunset and haze cover the Shanghai cityscape on the Bund west bank of The Huangpu River in November 2013.

People with masks ride bikes at Annur Mosque on Sept. 13, 2015 in Pekanbaru, Riau Province, Indonesia. Forest fires that swept across most of the islands of Sumatra and Borneo resulted in haze, and many flights were canceled.

You can hardly see houses and high-rise buildings through the heavy smog in Taizhou city, east China's Zhejiang province, on Jan. 11, 2015.

Dubai's beaches in February 2013.

A garbage dump in New Delhi, India, on Oct. 17, 2014. In 2014, New Delhi earned the dubious title of being the world’s most polluted city -- along with 13 other Indian cities -- on the World Health Organization’s list of the 20 most polluted.

A sandstorm covers ruined buildings with a blanket of yellow dust at the Gaza strip on Sept. 8, 2015. An unseasonal sandstorm hit the Middle East and covered the Gaza strip with yellow dust sending hundreds of people to hospitals with breathing difficulties.

Marina Bay in Singapore, on Sept. 24, 2015. The haze from Indonesian forest fires pushed Singapore's air quality closer to the "hazardous" range, covering the city-state with a layer of smog as the government warned of a worsening condition over the public holiday.

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