Lampang still blanketed by smog

Lampang still blanketed by smog

Heavy smog slows traffic in Lampang on Monday morning. PM2.5 levels have now been in the red zone for nine days in Muang and Mae Moh districts. (Photo by Assawin Wongnorkaew)
Heavy smog slows traffic in Lampang on Monday morning. PM2.5 levels have now been in the red zone for nine days in Muang and Mae Moh districts. (Photo by Assawin Wongnorkaew)

LAMPANG: Parts of Muang and Mae Moh districts of this northern province - where the levels of particulate matter of 2.5 micrometres or less in diameter have been in the red zone for eight consecutive days - were again covered with heavy smog on Monday morning.

The haze blanketed Lampang town and surrounding areas, the poor visibility making the morning commute doubly unpleasant for drivers.

In Mae Moh district, weather stations of the Pollution Control Department reported PM2.5 levels were measured at an unhealthy 98 at tambon Ban Dong and 97 at tambon Mae Moh. In Muang district, the PM2.5 level was 94 at tambon Phra Bat. Levels above 90 are in the red zone and deemed hazardous to health.

The heavy smog is said to be caused by bush fires reported in many areas of the province.

Open air burning by farmers has worsened the situation as they clear land for planting ahead of the fire ban period - March 1-April 30 - imposed by the provincial authorities.


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