Air pollution exceeding safety standard in Bangkok's nine business districts


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  • Friday, 17 Jan 2020

A general view of the Bangkok skyline shows haze over the city. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's (BMA) Environment Office on Friday (jan 17) reported that levels of ultra-fine dust in Bangkok's nine business districts have exceeded the safe threshold of 50 micrograms (mcg) per cubic metre. - AFP

BANGKOK:The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's (BMA) Environment Office on Friday (Jan 17) reported that levels of ultra-fine dust in Bangkok's nine business districts have exceeded the safe threshold of 50 micrograms (mcg) per cubic metre.

The (particulate matter) PM 2.5 levels in the past 24 hours were measured on Friday (Jan 17) morning to be between 35-60 mcg, said the BMA's environment office.

The unhealthy levels were reported in nine business districts, showing the particulate matter rose beyond 50 mcg per cubic meter, reported the office.

The nine districts are Wang Thong Lang, Bang Kho Laem, Phra Nakhon, Klong Toei, Laksi, Bueng Khum, Bang Khen, Khlong San and Lat Krabang.

The PM 2.5 readings at 52 air monitoring stations of the Pollution Control Department (PCD) showed that the particulate matter increased from Thursday's level.

The BMA suggests residents and tourists who are particularly sensitive to irritable eyes and skin as a result from thick fine dusts, can find real-time updates of PM 2.5 at www.bangkokairqualtiy.com and www.airbangkok.com.

Meanwhile, in Ang Thong Province, about 100km from Bangkok, the PM 2.5 level rose to the red zone at 68 mcg per cubic meter for the second time of this year.

The Thai Ministry of Public Health has continuously warned residents to refrain from outdoor activities and seek medical treatment if they fall ill with symptoms like nose and eye irritation or breathing difficulty.

There is currently no law that gives the PCD and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment the power to ban factories from emitting smoke or stop trucks from entering major cities in Thailand. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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