As of Tuesday, October 22, the Thai Pollution Control Department (PCD) reported hazardous levels of air pollution in many districts of Bangkok and parts of the neighboring Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon provinces. On Wednesday, October 23, moderate to unhealthy air quality levels were recorded across the Bangkok metropolitan region, with Air Quality Index (AQI) readings of 142 in Thon Buri, and 154 in Bang Khun Thian, at around 13:00 (local time).
According to the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD), the situation, triggered by stagnant air and heavy traffic, is forecast to continue through Saturday, October 26.
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.
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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