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It’s dangerous to breathe in Bangkok, four other provinces

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Air pollution in Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son hit unsafe levels on Wednesday morning, the Centre for Air Pollution Mitigation reported.

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Thailand’s standard for safe levels of PM2.5 (particles less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter) is 50 micrograms per cubic metre (μg/m3), though the World Health Organisation sets it at 25 μg/m3.

Here are the PM2.5 per cubic metre readings in different parts of Thailand:

• North: 23-113μg/m3

• Northeast: 18-37μg/m3

• Central Region and West: 17-45μg/m3

• East: 12-34 μg/m3

• South: 8-28 μg/m3

• Bangkok and its vicinity: 33-73μg/m3

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Air Quality and Noise Management Division said air quality was unsafe in 10 districts of Bangkok and its vicinity. Samut Sakhon’s Muang district topped the list with 73μg/m3, followed by Bangkok's Bangkok Yai (61μg/m3) and Taling Chan districts (60μg/m3).

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

Published : March 24, 2021

By : The Nation