Dust pollution in Bangkok area again exceeds safety level

Dust pollution in Bangkok area again exceeds safety level

People wear facemasks in Bangkok on Monday as PM2.5 levels increased, posing a bigger threat to people’s health. (File photo)
People wear facemasks in Bangkok on Monday as PM2.5 levels increased, posing a bigger threat to people’s health. (File photo)

The level of ultrafine dust particles again exceeded safety standards on Tuesday in several areas of Bangkok and surrounding provinces, the Pollution Control Department said.

The PCD measured the hazardous PM2.5 particulates in the air at 51-76 microgrammes per cubic metre, exceeding the safety standard of 50 mcgs/cm in 19 areas of Bangkok and its vicinity.  Air quality ranged between moderate and harmful pollution levels.

Ten of the worst affected were in Bangkok and nine in surrounding provinces -- Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon.

The affected areas include parts of Bang Khun Thien (Kanchanapisek Road), Bang Na, Bang Kapi, Din Daeng, Pathumwan (Rama IV Road), Thon Buri (Intharapitak Road), Wang Thong Lang (Lat Phrao), Din Daeng (Din Daeng Road), Phaya Thai  and Wang Thong Lang districts (Phlapphla area)  in Bangkok;  Muang district of Nakhon Pathom;  Bang Kruai district of Nonthaburi; Khlong Luang district in Pathum Thani; tambon Songkhanong, tambon Talad, tambon Pak Nam, tambon Bang Sao Thong in Samut Prakan; tambon Omnoi in Samut Sakhon’s Kratum Baen district, and Rama II Road in Muang district of this province.

The PCD urged people to keep abreast of air quality announcements and not to panic. Air pollution would not interfere with their daily activities, the department said.

Children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic disease were advised to be cautious and see a doctor if they experience difficulties.

The department on Monday said people in high-risk areas should avoid outdoor activities or wear N95 rated masks for protection.

Air quality information is available via the department’s website:www.air4thai.pcd.go.th and LINE application, air4thai.


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