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Bangkok haze sweeps into surrounding provinces

Bangkok haze sweeps into surrounding provinces

BANGKOK: The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has warned that harmful levels of PM2.5 particles were detected in three other provinces yesterday (Jan 18).

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 19 January 2019, 09:23AM


Deputy Transport Minister Pailin Chuchottaworn (centre) takes a look at a dust detector installed at a Green Line station under construction near Phra Si Mahathat temple in Bang Khen district. Mass-transit projects now face strict state controls on emissions of the harmful PM2.5 dust. Photo: Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post

Deputy Transport Minister Pailin Chuchottaworn (centre) takes a look at a dust detector installed at a Green Line station under construction near Phra Si Mahathat temple in Bang Khen district. Mass-transit projects now face strict state controls on emissions of the harmful PM2.5 dust. Photo: Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post

Chayapol Thitisak, Director-General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, said unsafe concentrations of PM2.5 particles were detected in tambon Song Khanong in Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan, Tambon Omnoi of Krathum Baen district and Rama II Rd in Muang District of Samut Sakhon, and Tambon Nakhon Pathom of Muang District in Nakhon Pathom.

In these areas, PM2.5 levels were measured at 54-74 microgrammes per cubic metre (µg/m³), exceeding the “safe” level of 50 µg/m³.

Officials have been deployed to spray water and clamp down on the open burning of farm waste and rubbish in the affected districts.

Open burning is one source of PM2.5 – fine dust particles with a diameter 1/20 the width of a human hair.

Others are emissions from power plants burning fossil fuels and emissions from cars which run on low-grade fuel with a high sulphur content.

PM2.5 is a health hazard as it has been proven to cause damage to the human respiratory system as well as exacerbate a number of other conditions such as cardiovascular disease.

In response to the crisis, academics have urged the government to create more green areas in the city as well as promote public transport and curb open burning.

“To deal with this problem in the long run, the city needs more green areas, as trees and plants can help clean the air… Many green zones in Bangkok are disappearing and being turned into locations for new buildings,” Assoc Prof Sura Phatthanakiat from the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies at Mahidol University said yesterday in a seminar on the issue organised by Siriraj Hospital.

Jackrit Suthakorn, dean of Mahidol University’s engineering faculty said in the same seminar that the government needs to remain vigilant because open burning in Bangkok and the surrounding areas usually peaks between January and March.

The Department of Health, meanwhile, expressed concern over the long-term impact of the dust particles on children living in affected areas, saying their exposure may lead to several health problems in the long-term, including coronary artery disease.

The department has advised parents to monitor air quality using the mobile app Air4Thai or website www.anamai.moph.go.th 

Wind brought some relief yesterday as PM2.5 levels dropped in greater Bangkok, but pollution lingered in some areas including along the capital's Rama IV Rd.

 

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Kurt | 21 January 2019 - 13:30:16

The hazardous PM2.5 Smog is not 'haze'.
Why 'fighting' that fact so stubborn? 
And what other countries write are in Asia mostly 'courtesy words' ( not intervening in neighbours business is a holy thing in Asia) . Stick to the facts. Living of many thai people now in in dangerous and life threatening conditions. Come up with suggestions to tackle these more permanently.

DeKaaskopp | 20 January 2019 - 19:47:24

Silly "Bangkok Post".Calling it "Haze" again.Our prof. on here corrected them already a few days back.But wait,now i read the "Straits  Times " from Singapooore uses the same word.How can that be? I constantly read on here from our prof. that Singapooore and everything what comes from it is so perfect. Can they be wrong? Or is our genius wrong?

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