Flames blazed at a hill-sized waste dump in New Delhi for a third day on Thursday (April 28) as firefighters battled the fires amid extreme heat and low visibility.
"The landfill fire created so much smoke that it reduced visibility in the vicinity. It was not possible to even stand near it," said Naushad, a local resident who only provided his first name.
The cause of the fire at the Bhalswa landfill site was under investigation, though such incidents are commonplace during India's scorching summers, when temperatures regularly surpass 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) before the monsoon rains bring relief.
Fires in Delhi's dump yards also contribute to the toxic air that people living in the world's most polluted capital have to breathe.