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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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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    The Thais should use some of the massive resources they are using to combat the virus, and tackle the basics, this pollution, and deaths on the road.

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    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    Dear Toby, until thai people will keep running their pick ups and cars engines when they stop to buy at the supermarket or to have lunch or dinner or just to stay frozen inside the vehicle with airconditioning on, without moving one centimetre, nobody will ever solve the pollution problems.
    Very sadly, I notice that this idiotic behavior is followed by a great number of “farang” too.
    No enforcement of law results in no respect of law.

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    Mr cynic

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Until the time people have to wear gas masks to step outdoors nothing will be done about this.same deal with the burning up north.

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    Jake Pattaya

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Diesel cars is one thing but the real issue is the agricultural burning.
    If Thai people were told that Covid travels on PM2.5, burning would stop.

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    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Crop burning, cheap antiquated diesel cars and poorly monitored factories. The result, lower foreign investment, loss of tourism, medical tourism, reputation, work days. Poor soul quality etc…. Craxy

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    preesy chepuce

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 12:32 am

    mai ben lai na… same same, but different… etc… science is the answer, whatever the question.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 2:11 am

    … and how would they dispose of the rice husks and, the main problem, the sugar cane leaves?

    I’m not defending the burning in any way, just asking as there has to be an alternative if you want the farmers to stop it and I don’t know of any alternative.

    A lot of the “agricultural burning” is also not actual “agricultural burning” at all but smoke from the sugar cane processing factories at the same time, from the same areas – that could certainly be filtered.

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    Anootnara Kuster

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 10:01 pm

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