Smog lifts from Bangkok, people elsewhere still suffer

Smog lifts from Bangkok, people elsewhere still suffer

Bangkok was largely smog-free on Thursday morning with unsafe fine dust levels reported only in Wang Thonglang district, but air pollution still plagued residents of 10 other provinces - the worst reported from Phrae.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration reported that levels of particulate matter 2.5 micrometres and less in diameter (PM2.5) ranged from 27 to 55 microgrammes per cubic metre of air over the 24 hours tp 7am. The government-set threshold is 50mcg.

In the capital PM2.5 reached the unsafe level of 55mcg only in front of an Esso petrol station on Lat Phrao 95 Road in Wang Thonglang district.

Elsewhere, the Pollution Control Department reported unsafe PM2.5 levels were detected in Muang district of Kanchanaburi; Muang district of Khon Kaen; Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima; Muang district of Nan; Sri Maha Phot district of Prachin Buri; Mae Mo and Muang districts of Lampang; Chalerm Prakiat district of Saraburi; Muang district of Suphan Buri; Muang district of Loei; and Muang district of Phrae.

The worst reading, 86mcg, was reported in the northern province of Phrae.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has forecast thunderstorms and strong winds in the upper Northeast until Monday.

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