The PM2.5 dust level in Pattaya has been above the safe limit of 50 micrograms per cubic meter in several areas for almost a week, Pattaya Deputy Mayor Manoch Nongyai stated.
The harmful PM2.5 level had soared to over 161 micrograms over the last week, putting a blanket of smog over the city and discouraging residents and tourists from conducting activities in the open.
As of Friday, February 3rd, however, the dust level has dropped lower than 100 in most parts but still exceeds the limit and must be closely observed, Manoch stated. Afternoon rains have also helped reduce the level of air pollution.
Two dust monitoring devices have been installed in Central Pattaya and Jomtien to monitor dust levels and warn residents and tourists to take precautions for their health when the dust reaches harmful levels
The deputy mayor contributed the cause of the rising PM2.5 level to the illegal burning of farm waste and garbage.
Bangkok and its suburbs are also facing the same fate.
Manoch asked for cooperation from motorists to reduce the use of personal cars and from tourists and residents to wear masks when out in the open.
He also urged those who had symptoms, such as eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, coughing, and sneezing, to seek medical consultant immediately.
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