Connect with us

Air Pollution

Northern provinces choking on toxic haze and air pollution again




by Kriangkrai Rattana, Panwich Yoodee, Nathawat Laping

Northern provinces are again choking from dangerous levels of PM2.5 dust particles, air pollution and smog.

The harmful haze is being worsened by smoke from forest fires on the other side of the Myanmar border, with a satellite images showing 1,035 hot spots in the neighbouring country, and another 516 in Thailand (123 of which were in the North, with only two in Chiang Rai).

Northern provinces choking on toxic haze and air pollution again | News by Thaiger

Readings around Chiang Rai at noon

With border district Mae Sai topping the North’s PM2.5 peak for two consecutive days, residents were told to avoid outdoor activities.

Chiang Rai Governor Prajon Prachsakul is urging local officials to implement problem-solving measures and to coordinate with the Thai-Myanmar Township Border Committee in an effort to get Myanmar to strictly implement measures against outdoor burning and forest fires.

According to the Thai Pollution Control Department, PM2.5 particulates in the nine northern provinces ranged from 29mcg to 117mcg as of 9am yesterday.

Northern provinces choking on toxic haze and air pollution again | News by Thaiger

Chiang Mai city reading noon today

Chiang Mai, meanwhile, was once again enveloped in haze after a period of better air since March 5.

The areas with beyond-safe PM2.5 levels included the tambons of Jong Kham (81mcg) in Mae Hong Son’s Muang district; Nai Wiang (81mcg) in Nan’s Muang district and Huai Kon (77mcg) in Chalerm Phra Kiat district; and Chang Pheuk (70mcg) and Sri Phum (58mcg) in Chiang Mai’s Muang district. Beyond-safe levels were also experienced in tambons Phra Baht (64 mcg) in Muang district |and Ban Dong (75mcg) in Mae Mo district of Lampang; Wiang (56mcg) in Chiang Rai’s Muang |district; Na Chak (66mcg) in Phrae’s Muang district; and Ban Tom (67mcg) in Phayao’s Muang district.

Phayao – in the midst of combating multiple outbreaks of forest fire – reported that officials had put out a fire that damaged 100 rai (16 hectares) in tambon Dongjen of Phukamyao district, which stemmed from villagers lighting fires while poaching for forest products.

Two Bangkok Airways flights from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son – PG251 at 9.20am and PG352 at 10.35am – were cancelled yesterday due to visibility problems.

Northern provinces choking on toxic haze and air pollution again | News by Thaiger Northern provinces choking on toxic haze and air pollution again | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: The Nation


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Thailand's largest online portal for news and information.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Weather10 hours ago

Flooded hospital in Chaiyaphum had to evacuates 40 patients

Thailand10 hours ago

300,000 more AstraZeneca vaccines donated from Japan arrived

Northern Thailand11 hours ago

Extremely rare earthstar mushrooms found in Phetchabun

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Weather12 hours ago

Flood warnings below of Chao Phraya Dam, across Thailand

Thailand14 hours ago

US calls meeting with Thai officials to resolve donated vaccines

Thailand15 hours ago

10 Burmese migrant workers arrested in Songkhla

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand15 hours ago

Over 50 million vaccine doses administered in Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)16 hours ago

Sunday Covid-19 Afternoon Update: Provincial Totals

World16 hours ago

China announces cryptocurrency trading is illegal

North East16 hours ago

Stolen 72 year old elephant returned to owner after 18 years

Thailand17 hours ago

Pattaya readjusts tourism goals for high season

Thailand18 hours ago

Phuket relaxes checkpoint requirements to help tourists and health officials

Phuket18 hours ago

Phuket Covid-19: 2 deaths, 4 Sandbox infections, 10k total cases

Thailand19 hours ago

Facebook page that claims to sell dog meat met with scorn on social media

Thailand21 hours ago

Thailand welcomes its first AI influencer, “AI Ailynn”

Thailand2 weeks ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11