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08 Jan 2019 | 12:42 PM UTC

Thailand: Dust pollution in Bangkok region exceeds safety level

Thailand News Alert

Level of ultrafine dust particles (PM2.5) exceeding safety standards in and around Bangkok; take precautionnary measures

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/8/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/8/2019, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Bangkok

Event

On Tuesday, January 8, according to the Pollution Control Department (PCD), the level of ultrafine dust particles exceeds safety standards in several areas of Bangkok and surrounding provinces. The air quality reportedly ranges between moderate and harmful pollution levels. The Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon provinces, all located near the capital, are also affected.

Context

Traffic congestion, railway and condominium construction, road works, as well as dry season weather are generally responsible for the worsening air quality in the Thai capital. Exposure to high levels of PM2.5 can lead to various health issues, such as eye and skin irritation and headaches, and can aggravate cardiac and respiratory conditions. Health authorities are urging the population to regularly check air pollution levels via the Pollution Control Department (PCD) website: www.air4thai.pcd.go.th and the LINE mobile application: air4thai.

Advice

Individuals present in the affected areas are advised to keep abreast of the situation, limit outdoor activities until the situation normalize or wear N95 rated masks as a protection. Children and those with chronic respiratory illnesses should exercise increased caution. Individuals are advised to seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.

 

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