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21 Jan 2019 | 11:00 AM UTC

Thailand: Air pollution remains at unhealthy level in Bangkok region Jan. 21

Thailand News Alert

The Thai capital Bangkok and surrounding provinces still facing a worrying level of air pollution as of January 21; take precautionnary measures

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/21/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/21/2019, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Bangkok

Event

As of Monday, January 21, the level of air pollution remains worrying in the Thai capital Bangkok and surrounding provinces. In the capital city, high level of particulate matter of 2.5 micrometres were reported in at least seven districts, while a similar situation was reported in Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon provinces.

Context

According to environment group structures, Bangkok is currently the tenth most polluted capital city in the world. 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 (fine particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5 mm) 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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