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11 Oct 2019 | 09:31 AM UTC

Thailand: Air quality reaches unhealthy levels in Bangkok October 11

Thailand News Alert

Air quality reaches unhealthy levels in the Bangkok region October 11; situation to continue over the coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/11/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/14/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Bangkok Metropolitan Area

Event

As of Friday, October 11, the Thai Pollution Control Department (PCD) reported unhealthy levels of air pollution in the Bang Kholaem and Bang Phlat disticts of Bangkok at around 09:00 (local time). At 13:00, moderate to unhealthy air quality levels were recorded across the Bangkok metropolitan region, with Air Quality Index (AQI) readings of 149 in Ratburana, 137 in Samut Sakhon, and 152 in Samut Prakan.

The situation, triggered by stagnant air and heavy traffic, is forecast over the coming days.

Context

According to environmental group structures, Bangkok is currently the tenth most polluted capital city in the world. Traffic congestion, railway and condominium construction, road works, and dry weather conditions are generally responsible for the worsening air quality in the Thai capital. An AQI reading of 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 moderate, and 101-200 unhealthy.

An AQI reading of 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 moderate, and 101-200 unhealthy.

Advice

Individuals in Bangkok are advised to monitor the situation, watch for updates and health advisories issued by the Pollution Control Department (PCD), 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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