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Songkhla suffers in Sumatra’s smoke

Sep 05. 2019
Songkhla’s fishing boat skippers are cautioned to proceed carefully at sea due to poor visibility in the haze. (Nation/Charoon Thongnual)
Songkhla’s fishing boat skippers are cautioned to proceed carefully at sea due to poor visibility in the haze. (Nation/Charoon Thongnual)
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By Somchai Samart
The Nation

Smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has shrouded Hat Yai in Songkhla and lifted PM2.5 levels beyond the safe level.

The PM2.5 level – airborne particulates 2.5 microns or less in diameter – was at 55 micrograms per cubic metre of air on Thursday. The safe level in Thailand is 50.

Thananchai Wannasuk, director of Regional Environmental Office 16 based in Songkhla, said the smoke that first appeared in the southern province on Wednesday came from the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

The area of Hat Yai in risky smog conditions has a 30-50-kilometre radius. Residents have been advised to stay indoors as much as possible and to wear face masks when going out.

Thananchai said they should be alert to coughing, eye irritation or difficulty breathing.

He has briefed in writing the provincial natural-resource and environment offices in Songkhla, Satun, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, nearby Regional Environmental Offices 14 and 15, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

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