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Phuket haze is ‘gone’, say health officials

Phuket haze is ‘gone’, say health officials

PHUKET: The Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO) this morning announced that the haze over Phuket is “gone”, reporting readings from Air4Thai to support the claim.

Tuesday 2 March 2021, 11:10AM

However, The Phuket News notes that the haze has only eased, but still remains hanging in the air over the island.

The PPHO reported that at 6am the air quality monitoring station in Talad Yai, Phuket Town, recorded an AQI (air quality index) reading of 48, with a PM2.5 reading of 36.

“For the past 24 hours, the average of PM2.5 was 26-37 µg./m3,” the PPHO reported. 

The AQI of 48 and PM2.5 reading of 36 was classified “Green”, meaning “Healthy for everyone”.

For a green category, it was explained that “The air quality is good, people can do outdoor activities or travel as normal”. 

Of note, the worldwide air pollution monitoring portal, which uses raw data from Thailand’s Pollution Control Department today marks Phuket’s air quality as “Yellow/ Moderate”

Thai Residential

As of 10am, Patong registered a PM2.5 reading of 98, Chalong registered a reading of 88, while readings in Phuket Town ranged from 85 to 98, depending on the monitoring station.

Regional Environment Office 15 Director Yongyuth Panitangkul told The Phuket News that the air quality in Phuket had improved quickly because the wind changed direction. 

“The haze came with the wind from nearby provinces Krabi and Surat Thani. When the wind changed direction, the haze went,” he said.

“The haze did not come from inside Phuket. We have a different situation to Bangkok where the haze is from the traffic and other causes,” Mr Yonyuth explained. 

“I want people to download the air quality checking ‘Air4Thai ‘ application, so that they can check the air quality quickly by themselves,” he advised.

“Sometimes the officials may not comprehensively publicize information to local people, so it is much easier to check by themselves,” he said.

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Kurt | 02 March 2021 - 12:24:54

Yesterday the smog came from Bangladesh and Myanmar, today from Krabi and Surat Thani.  All the time with same NE Monsoon wind direction. PPHO and that other local weather institution Incompetence comes with the wind. The spread of nonsense/opinion is astonishing. 


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