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Excessive PM2.5 in 69 areas of Bangkok and suburbs, Din Daeng Road worst affected

Din Daeng Road, in Din Daeng district, is the most polluted out of 69 areas in Bangkok and neighboring provinces, where the amount of PM2.5 in the atmosphere is reported today to exceed the 50-micron safety level.

According the Air4Thai website, which provides updates on air quality in Bangkok and its peripherals, the amount of PM2.5 in the air over Din Daeng Road was measured at 118 microns at 7am this morning (Tuesday).

Meanwhile, Airvisual, which provides updated information on air quality and pollution in the world’s major cities, places Bangkok in 29th with an AQI (Air Quality Index) of 96.

Bangkok’s worst-affected six areas today are:

Din Daeng Road in Din Daeng district ​​

PM2.5 – 118 ​​microns

AQI – 228

Charoen Nakhon Road in Khlong Sarn district ​

PM2.5 – 102 ​​microns

AQI – 212

Ma Charoen Road Petkasem 8 in Nong Khaem district

PM2.5 – 100​​​ microns

AQI – 210

Srinakharin Road in Prawet district​​​

PM2.5 – 94​​​ microns

AQI – 204

Tha Phra intersection in Bangkok Yai district ​

PM2.5 – 94​​​ microns

AQI – 204

Samsen Road in Phra Nakhon district​​​

PM2.5 – 92​​​ microns

AQI – 203

The Centre to Coordinate and Solve Air Pollution Problems in Bangkok have advised people living in the worst-affected areas to take good care of their health and to suspend outdoor activities, if they have a cough, breathing difficulties or eye irritation, and to seek a doctor’s advice if necessary.

Deputy spokesperson of the Centre, Sivaporn Rangsiyanon, said today that the PM2.5 levels in Bangkok were measured at between 37 and 118 microns, with roadside areas being identified as having excessive amounts.

The worsening air pollution is attributable to a combination of a high pressure weather system and poor air circulation, she said.

The centre has instructed the Ministry of Education to advise all schools in Bangkok to suspend all outdoor activities today.  Members of the public are also advised to wear face masks all the time while they are outdoors.

Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Kiratpoom Wongrajit said today that all state hospitals in Bangkok and its peripherals have been told to open special clinics, to treat people suffering from air pollution-related ailments, and to advise the public about how to protect themselves from the worsening air quality.

 

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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