Bhogi Bonfires Suffocate City; AQI Touches 170 Mark
The New Indian Express Chennai|January 15, 2020
Bhogi Bonfires Suffocate City; AQI Touches 170 Mark
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SV Krishna Chaitanya

CHENNAI air pollution aggravated on Bhogi day on Tuesday as hundreds were seen lighting bonfires contributing to an increase in carbon emissions.

A few morning flights were delayed as a thick blanket of smog engulfed the city reducing visibility.

At 11 am, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was 170 enough to cause breathing discomfort to people with lung problems and asthma. This is the second consecutive day when air pollution spiked under unfavorable weather conditions. Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) data showed a minimum AQI value of 155 (moderate) to maximum value 349 (very poor).

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January 15, 2020