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Polluted Bangkok's Year of the Pig Curbs on Incense Go Up in Smoke

Thais of Chinese descent largely ignored Bangkok's call for restraint in burning of incense and "spirit money" to mark the Lunar New Year as the city fights choking pollution. Most people celebrating the Year of the Pig, which began Tuesday, shrugged off health concerns as they burnt offerings to ancestors at shrines, many wearing anti-pollution masks. "It's impossible to completely stop burning incense," said Romnalin Wangteeranon, 61, from behind a mask. "It's a festival that we descendants cannot do without." Air quality in Bangkok has been hovering at unhealthy levels as the amount of hazardous dust particles known as PM 2.5 exceeded the safe level in several districts where face masks have sold out at most drug stores. PM 2.5 is a mixture of liquid droplets and solid particles that can include dust, soot and smoke, one of the main measures of the Air Quality Index (AQI). Tuesday's AQI was... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline article, Polluted Bangkok's Year of the Pig Curbs on Incense Go Up in Smoke, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give 'Phuket Hotel Deals' a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you visit 'VOA NEWS'. Thank you Polluted Bangkok's Year of the Pig Curbs on Incense Go Up in Smoke

 

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