Five provinces in Thailand are facing unhealthy air pollution due to exceeding the PM2.5 dust particles standard level today, the Center for Air Pollution Mitigation (CAPM) reported this morning, December 17th.
The provinces include Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, and Saraburi.
Overall air quality in the northern, northeastern, eastern, and southern regions is considered very good with the accumulation of dust particles no higher than 47 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3).
The PM2.5 dust particles in the central and the western parts are reaching an unhealthy level in at least one area with the accumulation reported between 33 and 53 μg/m3. 11 areas in Bangkok and its vicinity are reported with an unhealthy dust level of 33 – 62 μg/m3.
For the eastern region, including Pattaya and Chonburi, the Air4Thai website reports an excellent to moderate level of air quality. Most areas in the province are reaching a moderate level of dust particles at around 43 μg/m3. TPN media, however, reports that locally the visibility is low and the air appears to be hazy, drawing complaints from local readers.
Residents in the at risk areas are advised to close their doors and windows to avoid dirty outdoor air pollution and to wear proper masks when going outdoor. Sensitive groups should reduce outdoor exercise.
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