Air quality in Bangkok is eighth worst in the world, global index shows


BANGKOK — Statistics released by Air Visual showed that Bangkok was the eighth worst city in the world for air quality as of 8 am on Monday, January 20.

The air pollution that the city and surrounding areas are facing is extremely at the unhealthy levels. Bangkok measured 171, with particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5) at 57.8 micrograms per cubic metre, according to the US AQI (air quality index).

Due to worsening pollution, many are falling sick. The reported level is above the safety standard value of 35 μg/m3 and is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children, who should limit prolonged exertion, The Nation reported.

The report also said that areas along Din Daeng, Rama IV, Lat Phrao and Kanjanapisek roads were reported with levels of PM2.5 unhealthy for all groups.

Source: The Nation

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