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Pollution Control Department issues “red alert” for the North

Jack Burton



PHOTO: Pollution and wild fires in the North - Chiang Rai Times

A “red alert” is in effect for northern Thailand today: The Pollution Control Department warns that unsafe levels of PM2.5 pollution have been recorded in several areas, including Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Phayao and Chiang Mai.

PM2.5 is particulate matter suspended in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 microns, which is about 3% the diameter of a human hair. The particles are so small they can only be detected using an electron microscope. Monitoring stations recorded levels of PM2.5 dust above the government’s safe threshold of 50 microgams per cubic metre (µg/m3) in many provinces of northern Thailand, with levels of PM2.5 measuring between 51 to 101 µg/m3.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has also forecast temperatures to drop in the North from today until Thursday. The northeastern region will see the mercury down 4-6°C, while those in the northern, central and eastern regions can look for a drop of 3°C.

The Pollution Control Department says the problem of forest fires and smog caused by outdoor burning still persists. Outdoor burning is prohibited in both open and forest areas in northern Thailand. Those who spot forest fires caused by outdoor burning should report the situation via the hotline 1362.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times


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    Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 8:41 am

    It is really bad in Chiangmai and think about the burning started in November already and it will last until May, that is zeven months of burning and pain in the eyes and throat. What ever the profit will be for government or province it will cost maybe more for doctor visites and air purifiers and masks than it will bring, but yeah that is poor mens money what is not so importent, the total lak of interest in the health of the people is stunning when there is money involved, but when this happens in Bangkok than the world is to small and everybody have to spray water what we nearly don’t have anymore and wear face masks to make you think that your protected. unbelievable this can happen in democratic country and the citizens do nothing they probably think that if you keep your mouth shut it will go away or are they scared. I would like to stay anonymous I hope you understand.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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