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Over 250,000 people are feeling the burn after receiving treatment for eye and nose problems due to pollution in Thailand’s northern provinces. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Department of Health, says the medical issues are due to excessive PM2.5 dust particles in the atmosphere as a result of local wildfires that have produced heavy smog.

He says that the seasonal smog, that has blanketed areas such as Chiang Mai amongst others, has greatly affected people with respiratory diseases, with young children and the elderly being the most vulnerable. Such ailments like asthma, eye infections and coronary artery disease have been attributed to the increase in pollution which has seen over a quarter of a million people undergoing medical treatment at hospitals and clinics since the beginning of this year. Most of those suffering from respiratory problems fall into the age group between 45-54 years old.

Suwanchai says that vulnerable people, who are prone to dust-related ailments, should avoid outdoor activities and wear proper medical, or N95 face masks. He says those who are suffering from breathing problems or chest pains should see a doctor as soon as possible.

In Chiang Mai alone, air pollution has also been allegedly responsible for over 30,000 people visiting the hospital to undergo treatment for respiratory illnesses. The city, known for its burning season, that blankets the air with smoke, has recently taken the top spot of having the worst air quality in the world. The IQ AirVisual air monitoring website listed Chiang Mai this morning as having the worst pollution, as it tracks air quality in real time.

The city’s air quality has consistently been ranked in the top 3 of the world’s worst cities in terms of pollution since the start of this month, an annual listing at this time of the year. IQ AirVisual even says it has taken the top spot for recent days.

The northern region has 926 hotspots, with Mae Hong Son having the most at 442, followed by Chiang Mai and Tak. The cause of the pollution is mainly due to wildfires sprouting up as a result of open burning across the border in Myanmar forests and locally around northern farms in Thailand.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    Rick

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    Finally, a photo showing the true sourse, sugarcane.

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    dispensed

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Air pollution kills 8 million people every year.

    Stay home.
    Turn off the lights.
    Buy nothing.

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    Investor ken

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Why do the Thai people let this smoke and burn happen to their beautiful country?

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 12:36 am

    “Why do the Thai people let this smoke and burn happen to their beautiful country?”

    Because if you take the trouble to read the reports by the experts and to look at the aerial photographs repeatedly shown here, a considerable amount if not most of the “smoke and burn” isn’t from “their beautiful country” but from Myanmar and Laos.

    That’s not to say that there’s any excuse for the “wildfires” in Thailand, many of which are started deliberately, or for the smoke from the sugar cane factories which is seldom mentioned, but as yet no-one anywhere has come up with a solution to how to dispose of the post harvest waste other than by burning.

    Unless someone does, or Thailand gives up growing sugar cane and the farmers change to another crop, the “smoke and burn” will continue.

    The options are pretty simple.

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    Mel Burn

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 1:33 am

    That is the reason we will not be coming back. Pollution is getting worse every year.

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    Fred glue

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 4:00 am

    IJ, how can you say it is a beautiful country, all day & everyday you just bag, bag, bag.
    You don’t like Thai people at all, everything that Thai people do you say that is not right. You piss me off with your back stabbing. Of Thai people……..

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    Colin G

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Freddie, you must be sniffing too much of that Glue…

    I don’t agree with much of what IJ writes but what he does write is most definitely NOT anti-Thai. Quite the opposite, he appears most times to defend much that others consider needs to be improved in Thailand.

    I suggest you take another look at his posts.

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Colin G, agree with me or not, but what else can Thailand do?

    Burning sugar cane pre-harvest is already limited by law as the factories were only allowed to buy 30% burnt last season (2019/20), 20% this season just ending (2020/21), 5% next (2021/22), then zero.

    No-one in the world has come up with any other way of disposing of the cut leaves post harvest other than burning.

    So, genuine question, what else can Thailand do?

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    John

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Bio char is a better way to burn. eliminates pollution.

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All new Covid-19 infections in Chiang Mai are linked to nightlife venues

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All of the new Covid-19 infections reported by health officials in Chiang Mai yesterday are linked to local nightlife venues. Over the past few days, 47 cases linked to bars and nightclubs have been confirmed, including the 36 new cases reported yesterday by the provincial communicable disease control panel.

With the rise of infections linked to entertainment venues, Chiang Mai authorities decided to close clubs, pubs, karaoke bars and other entertainment venues for the next week. Alcohol sales are also banned for the next 7 days. A field hospital has been set up at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre to care for a potential influx of Covid-19 patients.

“Those travelling to Chiang Mai from provinces considered the highest risk of infection, including Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Pathum Thani and Nakhon Pathom, must self-isolate for 14 days.”

The recent infections are linked to 7 venues in the area including Warm Up Cafe Chiang Mai, Tha Chang Café Chiang Mai, DC Chiang Mai, Infinity Club Chiang Mai, Ground, Living Machine and Consol’s Garden.

“Those who visited the venues are asked to go to a local hospital for a Covid-19 test.”

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Nation Thailand

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Update: The monk was safely rescued from the flooded cave at around 11:30am today. Divers say the monk was fatigued and had a low fever.

Original story…

Rescue workers are attempting to free a Buddhist monk who has been stuck in a flooded cave in northern Thailand for at least 4 days. The monk, named in a Pattaya News report as 46 year old Phra Ajarn Manat, is thought to have entered a cave in Phitsanulok province on April 3, and become trapped when the entrance flooded over the weekend. He was visiting Tham Phra Sai Ngam cave as part of a pilgrimage in the jungle.

Over 30 rescue workers from the Prasat Bun Sathan Foundation have launched an operation to free the monk, whose plight will remind many of the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue that made headlines around the world.

Tham Phra Sai Ngam cave is reported to be extremely deep and cavernous, according to local residents and rescue workers. It’s understood the monk had already travelled quite far into the cave when heavy rains struck on Sunday and continued for the next few days, cutting off his exit.

According to the Pattaya News, the monk is a frequent visitor to the cave and well-known to local residents, who were first to report the floodwaters and express concern that the monk was trapped. While rescue efforts continue, monks from other temples in the area have gathered at the cave entrance to pray for Phra Ajarn Manat.

The challenging weather conditions are hampering rescue workers’ attempts to reach the monk. However, he has been located alive, just beyond the flooded area. He has access to water, but no food, and is believed to have a slight fever.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | The Pattaya News

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16 web admins are in custody today after being arrested around the Buriram province today for allegedly operating 10 illegal online gambling websites. The group of Thai nationals are accused of renting a house where they secretly operated a string of websites where people could gamble online including sajoker123.com. Police received a number of complaints in March from neighbourhood residents that the rented house was actually an undercover office for running the 10 websites.

The online gambling websites were allegedly being run in five different venues spread across the Buriram province, police investigators report. Officers obtained a search warrant and then raided all the locations this morning. 16 people were present at the time of the raids and taken into custody. The website administrators allegedly confessed to the crimes and gave police further details into their setup. They had apparently taken 300,000 baht in investments in order to not only set up the gambling websites but also take a class on how to operate only gambling sites too.

The 16 people are currently being charged on several counts including arranging and advertising illegal activities as well as organizing online gambling sites without permission. Police seized a multitude of equipment and devices from the 5 secret offices, along with a small amount of illegal drugs. 31 mobile phones, 30 computer screens, 20 computers, 6 internet routers, 4 CCTV cameras, 2 tablets, and a laptop were collected along with 16 bankbooks and 10 ATM cards.

There is no information on how much money the group of 16 Thai people were able to take in by running these 10 illegal online gambling sites. Last month, police busted another illegal group of 12 people running gambling operations online from Bangkok and laundering money to Hong Kong. They seized 15 million baht in assets in that case. The group of Buriram web admins were taken to Nang Rong Police station and legal proceedings will continue from there.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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