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Fire sweeps through New Delhi slum

A fire has swept through a sprawling slum on the outskirts of India's capital, killing two children and injuring at least six other people.

Black smoke billowed from nearly 1,000 makeshift dwellings with thatched roofs that were destroyed by the blaze, fire official Anoop Sharma said.

More than 100 firefighters took over two hours to extinguish the fire in the slum near the Bawana industrial area in north-west New Delhi.

Many residents of the area make a living collecting rubbish for resale.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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