6 June 2024

Thailand’s National Environment Board (NEB) is scheduled to hold a meeting today (Monday) to map out measures to cope with the smog problem in and around Bangkok as the Pollution Control Department (PCD) reported an improvement in air quality this morning.

The NEB, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, was recently assigned by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to oversee all relevant agencies currently engaged in operations to tackle the ongoing pollution problem.

It is expected that the board will develop long-term measures to complement the immediate efforts currently being deployed, such as road cleaning, water sprinkling, tighter control of emissions from factories and diesel-powered vehicles, cloud seeding and aerial water spraying.

During the weekend, the City Administration undertook a major cleanup of roads in 50 districts throughout the city, including Rama II road in Bang Khun Thian district, which is one of the most pollution affected areas.

The PCD reports that, at 7 am this morning, PM2.5 dust particles in and around Bangkok were found to be within the 50-micron standard limit.

However, the department predicted that, while the quantity of PM2.5 particulate matter might increase in some areas, the overall situation would be remain within standard levels.