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Plans to tackle wild fires and dust pollution

Plans to tackle wild fires and dust pollution

PHUKET: Authorities met yesterday (Mar 28) to discuss procedures for combating forest fires, haze and dust pollution across the island.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 29 March 2022, 02:59PM

The meeting, held at the Phuket Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office at Phuket Provincial Hall, was presided over by Phuket Deputy Governor Anupap Rodkwan Yodrabam. He was joined by Udomporn Kan, Head of the Phuket Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation office, and other relevant government agencies.

Mr Anupap stressed how forest fires that are common during the dry season at this time of year produce fine particulate matter known as PM2.5, tiny particles found in the air including dust, soot, dirt, smoke, and liquid droplets that reduce visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when levels are elevated.

Although this air pollutant can be created naturally, it is generally caused by human activity such as open-air burning, crop burning, forest fires, irresponsibly discarded cigarette butts, poorly maintained vehicles and industrial work such as construction or transportation, which causes smog. The topography in certain parts of the island are also contributory factors, Mr Anupap said.

PM2.5 is a concern as it can greatly diminish people’s health when levels in the air are high, as they often tend to be in Phuket at this time of year, he added.

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Bad ventilation and periods of calm or low winds leading to poor circulation cause the dust to accumulate which can pose a health threat to people which in turn can have a detrimental impact on society and the economy, Mr Anupap commented.

In order to reduce the risks that create this situation and to prevent problems associated with wild fires, Mr Anupap confirmed that a committee was appointed at the meeting yesterday in line with the National Agenda Action Plan to tackle the issue of PM2.5 dust pollution.

He added that the committee had drafted a response plan detailing preparationary efforts and action measures which will be assigned to the responsible local government agencies who would work together and cooperate in sharing equipment and resources such as fire prevention equipment.

By working together proactively it is hoped that when these solutions are implemented that the dangers can be minimised, Mr Anupap concluded.

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Kurt | 31 March 2022 - 10:01:34

A new committee, a new 'response plan'? How much get committee members paid for these non committing/no responsebility carrying ineffective bla-bla meetings?  The outcome we see on the road already many years.  Black smoke spouting busses, Vans, trucks, old cars even without registration plates.

Capricornball | 30 March 2022 - 22:11:17

JohnC, if you think local burning isn't a significant source of haze/pollution, you are mistaken. It appears to be the favorite pastime of Kamala residents...all day every day, and it gets trapped in these valleys. Stenching plastic fires are lit regardless of their neighbors being overwhelmed by it.  HUGE PROBLEM!

Capricornball | 30 March 2022 - 22:07:32

Another day of forming committees to tell local officials what to do. The end result...nothing at all. How do they expect Kamala officials to control air pollution, when they regularly start some of the biggest fires in this valley.  They need to empower fire dpts to fine trash burners, and then they need to force police to pull over and cite these numpties and their smoking vehicles. 

Kurt | 30 March 2022 - 10:45:57

@John C, what you call 'haze' ( a naturally  happening) ) is actually man made SMOG.  Little bit of burning on Phuket? Duh!

JohnC | 30 March 2022 - 09:47:16

Stop cutting down all the trees and there won't be dust everywhere to worry about. Nor will there be further big mudslides on hillsides stripped of all vegetation. The haze from forest fires as we all know comes across from Sumatra on a yearly basis. The little bit of burning you ocassionally see on Phuket is too minor to cause any haze nor air pollution.

Nasa12 | 29 March 2022 - 15:28:19

Same same some last year, and years and yet before that bla bla blaaa 


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