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BMA vows on-hand approach to PM2.5 pollution

Jan 15. 2021
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By The Nation

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has said it will put in place strict measures to deal with air pollution, which hit dangerous levels in several parts of the capital and its vicinity on Friday.

BMA permanent secretary Silapasuay Raweesangsoon said city officials have been instructed to measure vehicle emissions, ensure vehicle maintenance, clean roads and pavements more frequently, install water sprays on buildings, implement measures to reduce dust particles in the air and publicise ways for people to take care of their health.

"The elderly, children and patients with respiratory ailments should avoid outdoor activities and wear a face mask," she said, adding that people affected by the pollution should visit hospitals under BMA supervision.

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

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.

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