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07 Nov 2019 | 01:49 PM UTC

Thailand: Fine dust above safe level in Bangkok November 7

Thailand News Alert

Fine dust reported above safe level in Bangkok as of November 7; situation to continue over the coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/7/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/9/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Bangkok Metropolitan Area

Event

As of Thursday, November 7, the Thai Pollution Control Department (PCD) reported unsafe levels of fine dust in 14 locations across the greater Bangkok area. At approximately 09:00 (local time), the concentration of PM2.5 fine dust was ranging from 51 to 64 micrograms per cubic meter of air in the Phasi charoen, Bang Phlad, bang Khunthian, Din Daeng, Bang Kholaem, Yannawa, Bangkok Noi, Sathon, Laksi, and Bang Sue districts.

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

Context

According to environmental groups, 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 of air quality in the Thai capital.

A concentration of PM2.5 fine dust above 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air is considered unsafe.

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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