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Pollution hits unhealthy levels in 11 areas of Bangkok, its vicinity


Air pollution in 11 areas in Bangkok and its vicinity hit unsafe levels on Friday morning with PM2.5 readings coming in at 44 to 111 micrograms per cubic metre (μg/m3), the Pollution Control Department reported.

The department said it expects the PM2.5 level to rise until Saturday due to a drop in wind speed, adding that the situation should improve on Sunday.

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

Pollution hits unhealthy levels in 11 areas of Bangkok, its vicinity

11 areas where the pollution has hit unsafe levels are:

Bangkok:

• Bang Khunthien 111μg/m3

• Phra Khanong 91μg/m3

• Bang Na 99μg/m3

• Sai Mai 92μg/m3

• Prawet 108μg/m3

• Nong Khaem district 92μg/m3

• Don Mueang 93μg/m3

• Chom Thong 93μg/m3

Samut Prakan

• Muang district 111μg/m3

• Bang Sao Thong 99μg/m3

Samut Sakhon

• Muang district 111μg/m3

Pollution hits unhealthy levels in 11 areas of Bangkok, its vicinity

People in areas with high levels of PM2.5 have been advised to monitor their health and reduce time spent outdoors, especially the elderly, children and patients with respiratory ailments.

Pollution levels can be monitored via the Air4Thai.com website or its smartphone app, or via bangkokairquality.com.

Published : January 15, 2021

By : The Nation Photos by Korbphuk Phromrekha