Video Report: Phuket air pollution steadily rising

PHUKET: The haze caused by Indonesian wildfires continues to cover Phuket with an average air pollution level of 163 micrograms (PM10) per cubic meter for the last 24-hour period, confirmed Pornsri Suthanarak, director of the Regional Environmental Office.

The new reading marks a steady increase from yesterday’s average of 136 PM10, which forced Phuket officials to issue a health warning (story here).

“We urge people to avoid outdoor activities. If they must be outside, then they should wear a mask, especially those with respiratory problems,” Dr Pornsri said.

The haze yet to affect arrivals or departures from Phuket International Airport, confirmed Amnuay Sarachart, deputy director of the AoT Phuket Office.

“However, we are working closely with the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (AeroThai) and will keep abreast of any updates,” he said.

— Chutharat Plerin

Phuket News

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