Prime Minister orders authorities to take action on air pollution in Bangkok

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities immediately to activate prepared measures to mitigate the haze, which has returned to Bangkok and its suburbs.

Expressing concern about the haze, especially the PM2.5 dust particles, the Prime Minister pleaded with construction site operators and industries in Bangkok and neighbouring provinces to reduce their dust emissions.

He also advised people in high risk areas to wear face masks whey they are outdoors.

The Pollution Control Department today (Monday) reported that 13 areas in Bangkok, two in Nonthaburi province, one in Pathum Thai, five in Samut Prakan, two in Samut Sakhon and one in Nakhon Pathom have excessive levels of PM2.5 dust particles.

Pattaya has not been spared by the pollution.

Earlier last week, a deputy health minister suggested using less incense in prayers to stop the pollution.

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