11 July 2024

Samsen Road, in the Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok, was identified as the most polluted of the 56 areas experiencing dust above the safe level, with airborne PM2.5 measured at 91 microns today, according to the Pollution Control Department (PCD).

 

Some of the other badly affected areas today include:

  • Lat Phrao Soi 95 in Wang Thong Lang district, 83 microns
  • Tambon Khlong Toei in Khlong Toei district, 81 microns
  • Rama III-Charoenkrung Road in Bang Khor Laem district, 80 microns
  • Petkasem Road in Phasi Charoen district, 75 microns

 

The levels of PM2.5 in the atmosphere in and around Bangkok ranged from 54 to 91 microns.

The department said that members of the public can keep updated on the latest air quality news through bangkokairquality.com, Air4Thai.com or via the Air4Thai application.

 

In several central, northern and north-eastern provinces, in addition to widespread illegal burning of sugarcane, rice farmers have now started burning rice waste as well, adding to the pollution, in open defiance of an order issued by local authorities.

In Pimai district of the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, for instance, smoke from the burning has reduced visibility on the province’s highways.

 

In Kanchanaburi province on Tuesday, the levels of PM2.5, mainly from the burning of sugarcane, soared to between 97 and 173 microns, as measured by PCD’ s devices.