THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Phuket haze no cause for alarm, says regional environmental chief

Phuket haze no cause for alarm, says regional environmental chief

PHUKET: The Director of the Phuket-based Regional Environmental Office 15 (REO 15) has assured that the haze smothering Phuket is no cause for alarm, and poses no health risks.

weatherpollutionenvironment
By Yutthawat Lekmak

Wednesday 26 October 2016, 05:26PM


“Air pollution in Phuket remains at a safe level,” REO 15 Director Akkarawat Hirunphun told The Phuket News today (Oct 26).

“Don’t worry about it,” he added.

An officer at the Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) concurred.

“The haze covering Phuket is an effect from heavy rain over the past week. It is nothing to worry about,” the officer, who asked not to be named, explained.

The officer added that so far no heavy smog alerts arising from Indonesian forest fires had been issued.

“No countries around Thailand are currently engaging in mass burn-offs of forests, so people can stay outdoors and do outdoor activities just as they usually would,” the officer assured.

However, according to Thai Pollution Control Department (PCD), PM10 readings, which measure the volume of particles in the air, have doubled twice over the past two days. (See PCD website here.)

To this, Mr Akkarawat assured the extra particles in the air were nothing but water vapour.

“It’s just evaporation from the ground because of the heavy rain over the past week,” he said.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Kurt | 26 October 2016 - 19:09:06

Can we sett the record straight?
Haze is natural. 
Smog is cause of human activities, burning forests, BKK traffic,( Sumatra, Chiang Mai Province), polluting and make thousands of people getting sick, can not do outdoor sports, etc, etc.

It would be more professional if thai health authorities differentiate Smog and Haze! 
Haze is natural, not cause air pollution, so no need to talk about po...

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Patong fire destroys 12 shops, causes more than B1mn in damage

Of course, electrical short circuits. That is always the case, same like that 'killing pole'...(Read More)


Japan resumes commercial whaling for first time in 30 years

"Long live the Japanese whaling industry".Capt.Ahab is right !For the sake of saving or cr...(Read More)


Powerful motorcycles to face tougher regulations

What a joke !!! Try improving your stupid & what appear to non existent helmet laws in the first...(Read More)


Japan resumes commercial whaling for first time in 30 years

Long Live The Japanese Whaling Industry ! Greens Cost Jobs & The Only True Wilderness is Betwe...(Read More)


Police begin hunt for foreign man over attacking dog

Agree this is not on. The poor animal can't be blamed for doing what comes naturally. But the pu...(Read More)


Police begin hunt for foreign man over attacking dog

freaking out people running around angry with long knife or any other weapon should not be accepted....(Read More)


Police begin hunt for foreign man over attacking dog

I would like to volunteer,-giving this deranged POS exactly the same treatment !...(Read More)


Running Empty: Water officials to splash B277mn on private sources as reservoirs fail to fill

A lot of water contract talks ( including 30% arrangements?). However, that will not grand Phuket wa...(Read More)


Running Empty: Water officials to splash B277mn on private sources as reservoirs fail to fill

Bang Wad water reservoir is ready for making it a beginners drive for golf players. The grass just n...(Read More)


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Second Phuket water crisis? ’Peace walk’ monk returns! Dangerously sweet! || July 12

No, not a second water crisis. Phuket still remains in it's 'first' water crisis, as not...(Read More)