Smog blankets skyscrapers along Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, Thursday, March 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

(Bloomberg) – Mexico City residents and local industry struggled to cope after a spike in smog levels forced authorities to ban 40% of cars from the roads Wednesday and imposed new restrictions on industry.

Cement, electricity and other industrial plants were told to reduce emissions by as much as 40%, while trucks with federal license plates were barred from entering the city, causing a backup of cargo vehicles on highways.

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