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It’s getting dangerous to breathe in Khon Kaen

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It’s getting dangerous to breathe in Khon Kaen

By The Nation

 

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Khon Kaen on February 9.

 

KHON KAEN, an economic hub of Thailand’s Northeast, has been struggling with serious air pollution for at least four consecutive days.

 

The Air Quality Index (AQI) as of yesterday stood at 206 and the level of PM2.5 particles per cubic metre of air hovered between 96 and 103 micrograms. All the readings were well beyond safe limits. 

 

AQI beyond 200 signifies unhealthy air, triggering warning to not venture outdoors without a facemask, while the safe level for PM2.5 is 50 per cubic metre. 

 

The World Health Organisation has described PM2.5 – airborne particulates 2.5 micrometres or less in diameter – as “carcinogenic”. Exposure to a dangerous level of PM2.5 poses health risk and in severe cases can lead to death. 

Khon Kaen residents have been at risk since last Thursday. 

 

On February 7 the AQI touched 208 and PM2.5 hit 98. The following day the AQI stood at 213 and PM2.5 103. On Saturday the AQI was 206 and PM2.5 96.

 

Haze has enveloped Muang, Chum Phae, Mancha Khiri, Kranuan, Ubol Rattana and Phra Yuen districts.

 

“We are now spraying water in all 26 districts to help ease the problem,” Khon Kaen Governor Somsak Changtragul said, adding that action would be taken against farmers burning off weeds in their sugarcane fields. 

 

“We have asked factories to blacklist farmers who bring in sugarcane that shows burn marks, a sign that the farmer set fire to his field at a time when the air pollution is serious,” Somsak said. 

 

Planes from the Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation Department have arrived in Khon Kaen to help artificially seed clouds to produce rain. 

 

Other provinces are also suffering with air pollution, the worst hit being Chon Buri, Nan, Uttaradit and Loei. 

 

Bangkok has fared better in recent days and yesterday the air in most parts of the capital was deemed safe. 

 

Pollution Control Department chief Phuwiang Prakammin said the air quality around Bangkok had improved because breezy weather had dissipated the fine dust particles and smoke.

 

However, Bangkok’s will worsen between February 13 and 15, the Meteorological Department warned. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30363870

 

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Does anyone know a place, or places, in Thailand that do not suffer from this air pollution?

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"Haze Air pollution has enveloped Muang, Chum Phae, Mancha Khiri, Kranuan, Ubol Rattana and Phra Yuen districts."

 

Getting dangerous?!

 

 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

“We have asked factories to blacklist farmers who bring in sugarcane that shows burn marks, a sign that the farmer set fire to his field at a time when the air pollution is serious,” Somsak said. 

So they can already refuse and/or blacklist  100% of the production . 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

action would be taken against farmers burning off weeds in their sugarcane fields. 

“We have asked factories to blacklist farmers who bring in sugarcane that shows burn marks, a sign that the farmer set fire to his field at a time when the air pollution is serious,” Somsak said. 

That's not an action, Somsak, that's passing the buck.

Did you say "pretty please"?

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when i was a child, i dreamed of a retirement with bad air.  pollution.  black lung.  problems for life..... someone asked me, "why go there if so bad?"  i said, "ah.................."

 

sure, your money can stretch a little farther.... but at what cost?  20 years of problems, or 15 years of much less problems?  if you retire in pollution, well, life is pretty bad....i feel bad for those who are afraid to move.  

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1 hour ago, fruitman said:

Prayuth didn't mention to stop the burning of fields....he will focus on diesels and factories.

And the elections

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55 minutes ago, Chicken George said:

 Thailand does not love its children.. Its the same every year. The North had the highest rates of lung cancer in Thailand. They wait for the rain to clear the smog but it does not clear your lungs.  

That's so true. They'd rather poison themselves than have a difficult conversion or do the hard work of issuing fines and arresting people. Sad.

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