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28 Feb 2019 | 09:01 AM UTC

Thailand: Officials warn of high levels of air pollution in March-April

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Thai authorities warn of forecasted high levels of air pollution in northern Thailand throughout March and April due to forest fires

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/28/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/30/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Chiang Mai, Thailand, Chiang Rai, Nan province, Phrae province, Phayao province, Mae Hong Son province, Lamphun province, Tak province

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Event

Thai authorities warned of a high levels of air pollution in northern Thailand in March and April due to forest fires. The region is already experiencing unhealthy to hazardous levels of air pollution as of Thursday, February 28, and the situation is forecast to worsen despite a full ban on open burning. Lampang, Chiang Rai, Nan, Phrae, Phayao, Mea Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, and Tak provinces are all predicted to be affected by pollution.

Context

AQI is measured using PM10 and PM2.5 indices, which measure particule levels of 10 or 2.5 micrometers in diameter. 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.

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor air quality index reports and limit strenuous outdoor activities. Children and those with respiratory illnesses are advised to exercise additional caution. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.

 

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