The Yingluck Shinawatra government's handling of the haze crisis in the North is very disappointing. It is much more worrisome and worthy of concern than the prime minister's error-prone speech or her English-speaking skills.
Local residents have been inhaling smoke-filled air for a month so far. The level of particulate matter smaller than 10 microns, or PM10, exceeded the safety level of 120 ug/cu m for the first time this year on Feb 14, when the PM10 level was measured at 129 ug/cu m in Phrae province. The level later rose to over 400 ug/cu m in some areas as the haze expanded to eight northern provinces.
The number of people suffering from haze-triggered ailments has been increasing, while wildfires have ravaged more tracts of forest land.
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