Air pollution rises in Bangkok

Air pollution rises in Bangkok

Bangkok is shrouded in haze as two districts — Nong Khaem and Khlong Sam Wa — record high PM2.5 levels. Authorities warned residents in areas with high dust levels to avoid outdoor activities and wear face masks. Pornprom Satrabhaya
Bangkok is shrouded in haze as two districts — Nong Khaem and Khlong Sam Wa — record high PM2.5 levels. Authorities warned residents in areas with high dust levels to avoid outdoor activities and wear face masks. Pornprom Satrabhaya

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's (BMA's) pollution centre reported a rise in the concentration of PM2.5 in two districts.

The centre found 58 microgrammes per cubic metre (µg/m³) of air in Nong Khaem district and 55 µg/m³ in Khlong Sam Wa district while the average PM2.5 level across Bangkok was 37.7 µg/m³.

The so-called safe level is 50µg/m³, according to the Pollution Control Department (PCD).

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang posted on Facebook that pollution rises to peak levels during the cold season from December to February.

Aswin said the BMA will work with other agencies to control sources of PM2.5 including traffic fumes, construction sites and outdoor burning.

Residents are being advised to try and limit their exposure to dust particles and monitor air quality reports from various sources.

Some recommended sites are www.bangkokairquality.com, www.air4bangkok.com, www.prbangkok.com and the mobile application AirBKK.

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Vocabulary

  • fumes (noun): smoke, gas, or something similar that smells strongly or is dangerous to breathe in - ควัน
  • particle: an extremely small piece or amount of something - ฝุ่นละอองขนาดเล็ก
  • PM2.5 (n): atmospheric particulate matter (PM) with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres, which is about 3% the diameter of a human hair. It can lodge in the lungs and enter blood vessels, leading to respiratory and cardiovascular disease -
  • pollution (noun): contaminated, when something has been made dirty, poisonous, unpleasant to see or smell and possibly dangerous to health - การทำให้เป็นมลพิษ, การทำให้สกปรก, ภาวะมลพิษ, สภาวะมลพิษ, มลภาวะเป็นพิษ, สภาพเป็นพิษ, ความสกปรก
  • resident: a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่
  • so-called: said to be something but which may not be true - ที่เป็นที่รู้กัน (ซึ่งบางครั้งอาจไม่เป็นจริงก็ได้)
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