Thailand: Toxic haze hits 17 areas in Bangkok and its vicinity

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BANGKOK, Jan 4 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Air pollution in 17 areas around Bangkok and its vicinity hit unsafe levels on Monday morning with PM2.5 readings coming in at 34 to 60 micrograms per cubic metre (μg/m3), the Pollution Control Department reported.

Thailand’s standard for safe levels of PM2.5 (particles less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter) is 50μg/m3.

The 17 areas are:1. Kanchanaphisek Road, Bang Khun Thian district (52μg/m3), 2. Rama IV Road, Pathumwan district (52μg/m3), 3. Lat Phrao-Chokchai 4 Road, Wang Thonglang district (60μg/m3), 4. Din Daeng Road, Din Daeng district (57μg/m3), 5. Rama III Road, Yannawa district (51μg/m3), 6. Sukhaphiban 5 Road, Sai Mai district (57μg/m3), 7. Nawamin Road, Bang Kapi intersection (52μg/m3), 8. Sihaburanukit Road, Minburi (54μg/m3), 9. Liabwaree Road, Nong Chok district (51μg/m3), 10. Hiran Ruchi subdistrict, Thonburi district (51μg/m3), 11. Paknam subdistrict, Muang district, Samut Prakarn province (52μg/m3), 12. Mahachai subdistrict, Muang district, Samut Sakhon province (54μg/m3), 13. Suan Siam-Ram-Indra intersection, Khan Na Yao district (55μg/m3), 14. Klong Toei subdistrict, Klong Toei district (52μg/m3), 15. Lat Phrao district (52μg/m3), 16. Khlong Kum subdistrict, Bueng Kum district (53μg/m3) and 17. Klong Sam Wa district (54μg/m3).

People in areas where PM2.5 pollution is bad have been advised to monitor their health and reduce time spent on outdoor activities, especially the elderly, children, and patients with respiratory diseases.

Meanwhilem the strong high-pressure system covering upper Thailand is weakening, the Thailand Meteorological Department said on Monday (Jan 4).

Temperature is expected to go up by 1-3 degrees Celsius, while the weather remains cool to cold with strong winds. People should take care of their health during the variable weather, the department said.

A rather strong northeast monsoon still prevails over the Gulf with a low cell over the lower South China Sea. Isolated heavy rain is forecast for the lower South.

Strong winds could force waves up about two metres high in the upper Gulf of Thailand, 2-3 metres in the lower portion and more than three metres high in thundershowers.

All ships should proceed with caution, and small boats should keep ashore, the department said. - The Nation Thailand/Asian News Network

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