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Phuket environment officers dismiss light haze, ‘air quality still good’

Phuket environment officers dismiss light haze, ‘air quality still good’

PHUKET: An environmental expert at the Environmental Department’s Region 15 office in Phuket has again advised all people to not worry about the haze over the island today (Feb 17), saying that the air quality “is not at a harmful level”.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 17 February 2021, 12:36PM

The Air Pollution Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI) this morning posted a PM2.5 reading for Phuket of 109.

The reading is posted based on data provided by the Division of Air Quality Data of the Air Quality and Noise Management Bureau, which operates under Thailand’s Pollution Control Department.

PM2.5 readings of 101-150 are marked “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”. 

“Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion,” the website notes.

However, the Phuket-based environmental officer the Phuket News spoke to today again told people to ignore the readings posted by that portal,

“Do not believe what is seen on the visual website from somewhere else [sic] about Thailands’ air quality,” the officer, who specifically asked not to be named, said.

“For the right information we advise all people, both Thai and foreigners in Thailand, to download the app Air4Thai, which is operated under the Pollution Control Department of Thailand,” the officer added.

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The officer did not give any explanation of why the air-quality readings for Phuket – both provided by data from the Pollution Control Department, give two very different readings for air quality on the island

The officer supported only the Air4Thai app, which today gives a “Green” reading of 39 – indicating that the air over is all clear.

This is despite the officer admitting that there is a haze over the island.

“The pollution problem is not too dangerous in the South. Mostly, it is worse in the North [of Thailand],” the officer noted obliquely.

“However, all people still need to be careful although the weather is good,” the officer admitted.

“As people can see [for themselves], the pollution on the street, like that from vehicles, is now less because there are fewer people on the island, which makes less pollution,” the officer said.

“If the PM2.5 pollution reaches more than 75 micrograms, the Pollution Control Department will inform people,” the officer said.

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Kurt | 18 February 2021 - 11:05:46

As a matter of fact, that Thai Officialdom hard-headed continue to call dangerous smog just 'haze' is saying anything how they run this country health wise. Now, right on the yearly schedule dot, the yearly enormous land burning pollution in the north. Who are paralyzed in Ministry of health throughout the years, making 'sure' nothing change health wise for the better? Not smart. 

Kurt | 17 February 2021 - 17:52:59

Talking about environment. BBC World News shows a new kind of rice. 70% Lesser greenhouse gasses, only needs 20% water of what the present Thai rice needs.
No health poisoning toxic fertilizer needed. Sorry, for that Thai Minister who wants poisioning to continue for the sake of his personal profits. Sooo Thailand?

Kurt | 17 February 2021 - 17:44:12

A Officer who asks specifically not to be named,  of course as he is lying his ass off! Everything reading PM 2.5 more than 25 ( international sett as limit) is health threatening. This continues Thai lying about PM 2.5 is quite disturbing. Not contributing about believing/trusting Thai Officialdom. Shameful. These jokers also call the dangerous air pollution just 'haze'.


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