Songkhla governor Songpol Sawasditham Monday called an urgent meeting of agencies to combat the Indonesian forest fire smog in the southern province, which reportedly saw tiny dust particles rising to 173 micrograms per cubic metre - well above safety lev
While many southern provinces’ air quality readings were within the maximum safety standard of 120 micrograms, local authorities were on alert and monitoring the situation closely.
Besides Songkhla’s 173 micrograms, the environment office 16 in Songkhla yesterday morning reported other provinces’ PM-10 particulate matter levels as: Surat Thani 52 micrograms, Phuket 53 micrograms, Yala 141 micrograms, Narathiwat 92 micrograms, Pattani 119 micrograms and Satun at 151 micrograms.
Disease control and prevention officials at the Hat Yai Municipality and mayor Prai Pattano yesterday distributed face masks to people at the Kimyong-Santisuk market and communities - and provided information on how to take care of their health during this haze-hit period.
Songkhla’s Disease Prevention Office 12 director Dr Suwich Thampaolo yesterday urged southern residents – especially respiratory patients, small children, pregnant women and seniors – to refrain from staying outdoors, to close all windows and doors, to wear face masks and to see doctors if they felt chest tightness and respiratory problems. Although the PM-10 readings were still moderate some were having an impact on health. Those in need of assistance and information were advised to call the disease control hotline at 1422.