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Bangkok world’s seventh worst city for air quality

Feb 03. 2020
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By THE NATION

The application ‘Air Visual’ informed at 8.38am on Monday (February 3) that with an average pollution level of 177, Bangkok ranked as the seventh worst city in the world for air quality.

Also, the amount of particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5) was 57.8 micrograms per cubic metre.

According to the Air Quality Index (AQI), air quality between 0 to 50 is healthy, 51 to 100 is moderate, 101 to 150 is unhealthy for sensitive groups, 151 to 200 is unhealthy, 201 to 300 is very unhealthy, and 301 to 500 is dangerous.

Meanwhile, the Pollution Control Department informed that at 8am on Monday the air quality in Bangkok and nearby provinces was at moderate to unhealthy levels.

PM2.5 dust particle was found at between 42 to 77 micrograms per cubic metre. The areas with high pollution level were:

Hiranruchi sub-district in Thon Buri district; Kanchanaphisek Road, Bang Khun Thian; Bang Na subdistrict in Bang Na; Khlong Chan Bang subdistrict in Kapi; Din Daeng subdistrict in Din Daeng; Chong Nonsi subdistrict in Yan Nawa; Rama IV Road in Khlong Toei; Inthara Phithak Road in Thon Buri; Lat Phrao Road in Wang Thonglan; Din Daeng Road in Din Daeng; Phya Thai subdistrict in Phaya Thai; Phlabphla subdistrict in Wang Thonglang (all in Bangkok province); Song Khanong subdistrict in Phra Pradaeng district; Bang Prong subdistrict in Talat; Pak Nam subdistrict in Muang Samut Prakan (all in Samut Prakan province)

In addition, PM10 dust particles were found at between 67 to 123 micrograms per cubic metre. The area with high pollution was Hiranruchi subdistrict in Bangkok.

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