SONGKHLA — Provinces of Songkhla and Yala are suffering from dangerous air particles caused by a forest fire haze in Indonesia. The haze readings of the of PM 2.5 value is at 230 micrograms per cubic meter and is considered to be dangerous to humans.
The entire lower southern region, especially Hat Yai, was covered with dangerous haze on September 18 at 4 pm that caused reduced visibility. It is the Songkhla’s worst haze problem for the past three years.
Residents are strongly advised to refrain from outdoor activities and wear the N95 masks when they are outdoors. If they experience health problems such as coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, headache, irregular heartbeat, nausea or fatigue, an immediate visit to the doctor for consultation should be made.
Mayors of Muang Yala, Sateng Nok, and Betong received urgent letters from Yala Governor Anuchit Trakoolmuthuta, requesting them to inform people of the air quality/haze readings in the area and how to be safe as the haze from Sumatra island, Indonesia, has begun to affect people’s health, reported state news agency National News Bureau of Thailand.
Photo: The Nation (taken on September 18 at Route A43 running between Pattani and Hat Yai)
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