After festive bonfire, Chennai cloaked in smoke; air traffic hit badly
Nineteen international and domestic flights to and from Chennai were delayed
After Chenniites burnt old items as per custom early in the morning on Bhogi day, first day of the four-day Pongal festival, air quality readings in the city on Friday showed a significant increase in the pollution levels.
Real-time pollution data available on the Air Quality Index (AQI) of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) showed that since 8 am, particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) touched ‘severe’ levels, according to The Hindu.
According to the CPCB, if the pollutant level is 'severe', it can induce respiratory illness on prolonged exposure or seriously affect those already having respiratory problems.
Nineteen international and domestic flights to and from Chennai were delayed due to the smog. Fourteen arriving and departing flights from and to various destinations, including Muscat, Mauritius and Colombo, were delayed by a maximum of two hours. While an international carrier from Dubai was diverted to Kochi, five domestic services, including those to Bengaluru and Coimbatore, were delayed as a result of the smoke.