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01 Feb 2019 | 10:44 AM UTC

Thailand: Air pollution remains at unhealthy level in Bangkok region Feb. 1

Thailand News Alert

Air Quality Index (AQI) at 107 (Unhealthy for sensitive groups) in Bangkok region February 1; air conditions to persist throughout the weekend

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/1/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/1/2019, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Bangkok

Event

As of Friday, February 1, according to the Pollution Control Department, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Bangkok reached the dust particle readings 107 (unhealthy level for sensitive roups) at 16:00 (local time). Such unhealthy air pollution level is also affecting the Bang Kruai district located in the Nonthaburi province, the Krathum Baen and Muang districts in the Samut Sakhon province, the Bang Sao Thong district in the Samut Prakan province, the Khlong Luang district in the Pathum Thani province, and the Muang district in the Nakhon Pathom province.

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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