Hazy conditions (dust, smoke, and vapor) have reduced visibility and have created health hazards in Thailand's southern provinces as of Monday, September 23, due to large-scale forest and agricultural fires in Sumatra, Indonesia. The Air Pollution Index (API) reached unhealthy levels in the provinces of Phuket (API 137), Yala (API 168), and Satun (159) at 16:00 (local time).
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) advised people to avoid lengthy outdoor exercise and those working outdoors to wear masks.
Similar conditions are expected in the coming days.
Southern Thailand frequently experiences air pollution (haze) caused by forest fires in Indonesia between June to October.
An API reading of 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 moderate, and 101-200 unhealthy.
Individuals present in the affected area are advised to monitor Air Pollutant Index Management System (APIMS) updates and health advisories issued by the Pollution Control Department (PCD). Seek medical assistance if needed and anticipate possible transportation disruptions.
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