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PM2.5 over the limit in 21 areas of Bangkok

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The pollution control department reports PM2.5 dust particles exceed the standard in 21 areas of Bangkok this morning and reaching unhealthy levels. People in the affected areas are being told to monitor their health. People who have any symptoms of coughing, shortness of breath, or eye irritation, “please stay inside the premises and refrain from outdoor activities”. Children and elderly people should be particularly careful.

The areas where the PM2.5 amount exceeds the standard are…

  • Thon Buri
  • Bang Khun Thian
  • Nong Kahem
  • Bang Bon
  • Chom Thong
  • Bangkok Yai
  • Thonburiroom Park (Thung Khru)
  • Thung Khru
  • Bang Kae Pirom Park, Bang Kae
  • Klong San
  • Pasi Charoen
  • Taweewanarom Park (Taweewattana)
  • Taweewattana
  • Samphantawong
  • Rat Burana
  • Bang Koh Laem
  • Taling Chan
  • Yannawa
  • Chaloem Phrakiat Park (Bang Kho Laem)
  • Phra Nakhon
  • Bangkok Noi

The amount of toxic haze has been increasing lately because of open burning activities in agricultural areas in neighbouring provinces of Bangkok and other regions.

The Director-General of the Pollution Control Department says that in the past week there were fewer vehicles on the road in Bangkok, thanks to the disease-control measures announced before the New Year holiday, which included the work from home alternative.

“Some people in Bangkok also travelled to provinces at this time. PM2.5 levels were below the safe threshold. On Monday, January 4, PM2.5 rose to unhealthy levels because more people returned to Bangkok after the holiday, according to the Director-General. The dust situation in Bangkok has improved from last year, as measures against Covid-19 have reduced the number of vehicles on the road.”

SOURCE: Air4Thai | PCD | NNT | Thairath Online

 

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