BANGKOK — Residents of Bangkok were advised to avoid outdoor activities, if possible, or to wear a mask when outside until the end of the month due to increased PM2.5 dust particles in the air over most parts of the capital.
In a report from Thai PBS World on Monday, Feb 24, Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, spokesman for City Hall, said that the fine dust from the burning of farm waste and forest fires has been carried by the westerly and northwesterly winds into the capital.
Mr. Pongsakorn also added that airborne pollutants have accumulated in the city, worsening the air quality and this condition is likely to persist for at least the next 4-5 days.
He assured the public, however, that city officials have sprayed water in the air and on roads to wash away dust, while police and officials from the Land Transport Department are continuing their checks of vehicle exhaust.
As of 9:36 am on Tuesday (Feb 25), airvisual.com listed Bangkok as the 6th most polluted city in the world with an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 181, while Chiang Mai in the north landed on the 9th spot with 167 AQI. Both cities have “Unhealthy” air.
Sources: Thai PBS World | Air Visual
Photo: Ms. Goldie Saurin
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