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Pollution at unsafe levels in 30 Bangkok districts


Air quality in 30 districts around Bangkok and its vicinity hit unsafe levels on Sunday morning, the Bangkok Air Pollution Coordination Centre reported.

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PM2.5 (particles less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter) readings were in the range of 35-71 micrograms per cubic metre (μg/m3). Nong Khaem district had the highest reading at 71μg/m3.

Thailand’s standard for safe levels of PM2.5 is 50μg/m3 or lower.

People in areas where PM2.5 pollution is bad, especially the elderly, children, and patients with respiratory diseases, have been advised to monitor their health and reduce time spent on outdoor activities.

The PM2.5 situation can be followed on Air4Thai.com and bangkokairquality.com websites, or via Air4Thai and AirBKK smartphone applications.

On Saturday, a government team led by Teerapat Prayoonsit, permanent secretary at the Prime Minister's Office, went to Nim See Seng Transport 1988 Phutthamonthon Sai 2 branch and Phutthamonthon Sai 5 Truck Terminal to oversee the operation to deal with air pollution due to emissions from vehicles.

Teerapat said related agencies will check vehicles' emissions at truck and bus terminals, ports and markets around Bangkok next week.

"We would like to ask people to maintain their vehicles regularly and avoid doing activities that cause air pollution, such as construction and burning of crops," he said.

Published : February 07, 2021

By : The Nation