Air quality in Chennai dips on Bhogi day

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Air quality readings in Chennai on Friday showed a significant increase in the pollution levels after residents went about burning old items as per custom early in the morning on Bhogi day, first day of the four-day Pongal festival.

Particulate matters measuring 2.5 micrometres and less in dimension are deadly, as they can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause breathing problems, or they can even enter into your bloodstream, as per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Chandrasekaran, Deputy Director (Lab) of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, told The Hindu that across the State, the district pollution control offices were conducting awareness programmes, including pasting banners on auto-rickshaws and making loudspeaker announcements to educate the masses on pollution related problems due to Bhogi day burning.

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