Worsening smog problem in Bangkok expected next week


The expected high-pressure cell over the central region is likely going to make the air quality in Bangkok and its surrounding provinces get worse between February 13th and 15th, the Thai Meteorological Department announced today.

According to the Pollution Control Department, the smog problem will get worse next week and might pose a health hazard.

Read: Bangkok air quality still unhealthy despite drop in PM2.5 levels

In a Thai PBS report, deputy commissioner Pol Maj-Gen Jirasant Kaewsaeng-aekt said there were 8,000 vehicles found to be emitting excessive black smoke into the environment which the police and land transport inspectors seized from February 1 to 4.

After a tough crackdown on smoke-belching vehicles, he said that the number of vehicles found violating pollution rules has dropped from an average of 500-600 a day to about 400, the report added.

Meanwhile, provinces such as Khon Kaen, Chonburi, Nan, and Uttaradit, are having haze problem this year due to sugarcane waste burning.

Farmers and big plantation owners have admitted that burning of sugarcane and maize waste is cheap and more convenient than cutting them down manually or with tractors which are more costly and time-consuming methods.

Source: Thai PBS

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