Jump to content
BANGKOK
webfact

Air in northern Thai provinces is dangerous to breathe

Recommended Posts

Air in nation’s North is dangerous to breathe

By The Nation

 

a8bc21e37ee50459b95fd45a606cdbe1.jpeg

 

Residents in many northern provinces were on Tuesday breathing air containing more than double the country’s official safe limit of PM2.5, particulates of 2.5 micrograms or smaller per cubic metre, according to the daily update from the Pollution Control Department’s website. (air4thai.pcd.go.th)


cc0f524491e6608bc443ddf4a981240c.jpeg

Sky over the area at the foot of Doi Suthep turned brown due to a toxic haze on Tuesday morning, a striking change from the same area’s blue sky on February 5. The photos were taken from the30th Anniversary Building at Chiang Mai University’s Engineering Faculty. // Photo courtesy of Climate Change Data Centre’s Facebook page

 

Lampang’s four monitoring stations on Tuesday morning cited Air Quality Index (AQI) levels beyond 100 microns per cubic metre, double Thailand’s safe limit and four times the World Health Organisation’s 25-microgram safety boundary.

 

Lampang responded to the recent jump in toxicity by closing its Doi Phra Baht forest, currently ravaged by multiple spots of fire, from Tuesday until April. They will set up checkpoints to deny unauthorized access by outsiders who are not involved in fighting the forest fires, according to the resolution of a Lampang meeting of related agencies on Monday afternoon. 

 

The PCD’s method of basing their numbers on averaging the 24-hour levels, resulted in their reporting lower levels of pollution when compared to the real-time basis reports from other sources, such as the Chiang Mai University mobile “Dust Boy” devices and the Chiang Mai Air Quality Health Index (CMAQHI) Centre.

 

3773bd03de6551680a3517aa850c38d1.jpeg

 

According to PCD, the amount of PM2.5 dust in the North as of 9am was between 28 and 141 micrograms, peaking at 141 micrograms in Phrae’s Muang along with an AQI level of 251. Lampang’s Muang district station cited 106 micrograms of PM2.5 and an AQI of 216, while three stations in Mae Mo district cited 116 micrograms (with an AQI level of 216), 136 micrograms (with an AQI level of 246), and 113 micrograms (with an AQI level of 223), the PCD said. Chiang Mai’s Muang district station cited 77 micrograms of PM2.5 and an AQI level of 168.

 

The PCD cited PM2.5 in other northern provinces as follows: Tak’s Mae Sot district at 51 micrograms (with an AQI level of 101); Nan’s Muang and Chalerm Phrakiat districts at 64 micrograms (with an AQI level of 134) and 51 micrograms (with an AQI level of 101); Phayao’s Muang district at 54 micrograms (with an AQI level of 109); Lamphun’s Muang district at 71 micrograms (with an AQI level of 152) and Mae Hong Son’s Muang district at 51 micrograms (with an AQI level of 101).

 

In Chiang Mai, where the sky turned brownish due to haze, the CMAQHI Centre cited Mae Rim and Doi Lo districts as having the province’s PM2.5 peak at 151 and 106 micrograms and with AQI levels at 201 and 177 respectively. Hang Dong district had 99 micrograms of PM2.5 and an AQI level of 173, while Muang district had 73 micrograms and an AQI level of 160, the centre reported.

 

Chiang Mai provincial authority announced imposition of a 60-day outdoor-burning ban from March 1 to April 30. People giving useful information leading to a culprit’s arrest will get a cash reward of Bt5,000. 

 

In the wake of the haze, the public health authority warned people to wear a facemask during outdoor activities. They also advised members of “vulnerable” groups such as small children, senior citizens, pregnant women and those with chronic ailments to avoid being outdoors. A facemask of N95 standard is needed to filter the tiny PM2.5 particulates.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30363974

 

thenation_logo.jpg

-- © Copyright The Nation 2019-02-12

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, sweatalot said:
10 minutes ago, webfact said:

a 60-day outdoor-burning ban from March 1 to April 30

Are they serious? The ban is needed NOW

 

Agreed, it would seem everyone is just burning their stuff early. Yesterday was such a nice clear day as well...

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Also reading an article that the North has an extra high level of radon which spikes in the hot season during the haze.

  • Like 1
  • Sad 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Today is the worst I've seen in mid-February in 15 years living here (now just north of Chiang Mai city). I'm used to seeing that crap hanging in the air, visually evident right in front of my eyes with objects just 200 meters away slightly obscured/hazy and tasting it in my mouth. But that's usually mid/late-March, not Feb-12. Guess the March/April "burn ban" has them lighting up early. Worst time of the year until rainy season. 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, cmsally said:

Also reading an article that the North has an extra high level of radon which spikes in the hot season during the haze.

That's true for the Saraphi district of CM, although I don't know what would cause the level to spike.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
14 minutes ago, sweatalot said:

Are they serious? The ban is needed NOW

They have this 'ban' every year.....

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Most of the bureaucrats who are supposed to do something about it can just make a few lame statements of intent or sit in an air-conditioned meeting room issuing false promises, then go back to their air-conditioned mansions or get on a private jet to the Maldives. Zero net result, zero accountability. Ask 100 expats what they dislike most about life in the north and 90+ will say - THIS. Shitty air Feb-May. And starting soon, high temps (38-40c+) 

  • Like 2
  • Sad 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A topic which appears yearly attracting exactly the same comments as were posted last year, the year before that and.............

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thats all true , so why go there, we moved years ago, it wont change


Sent from my iPhone using Thaivisa Connect

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...