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Bangkok, Chiang Mai Air to Worse with PM 2.5 Surge Through Jan. 25

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Already bad, Bangkok’s air is about to get worse with dangerous “PM 2.5” dust set to increase further in urban areas through Jan. 25, the Prime Minister’s Office said Thursday.

Permanent Secretary Teerapat Prayoonsit warned that from today a high volume of particulate matter 2.5 microns or smaller to increase in city areas served by major roads.

The PM’s Office is cooperating with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and construction companies to control PM 2.5 sources, he said.

Teerapat added that the office also requested that the agricultural sector avoid any field burning at this time, as the smoke might blanket the city.

Personal and public vehicles should also be checked regularly to ensure the exhaust fumes they emit do not exceed the pollution benchmark.

Besides limiting sources of pollution, the PM’s Office has also asked all ministries to maintain a work from home policy.

As for the dust conditions in Chiang Mai, the permanent secretary reported that a follow-up investigation found that it is air pollution from neighboring countries that has blown into the northern areas of Thailand.

The problem is expected to be resolved by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, as the ministry is now cooperating with the neighboring countries in addressing the problem.