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19 Feb 2020 | 06:18 AM UTC

Thailand: Red air pollution alert issued in the north February 18

Pollution Control Department issues red air pollution alert in the north February 18; situation likely to persist over the coming days

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THA

Event

As of Tuesday, February 18, the Pollution Control Department (PCD) issued a red alert due to unsafe levels of PM2.5 pollution. Concentrations were measured up to 101 micrograms per cubic meters in several northern areas, notably in Mae Hong Son and Chiang Rai provinces. Authorities stated that outdoor burning remains prohibited in northern Thailand and encourage individuals to report any fires spotted via the hotline 1362.

The situation is likely to continue over the coming days.

Context

A concentration of PM2.5 fine dust above 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air is considered unsafe.

Advice

Individuals in affected areas are advised to monitor the situation, watch for updates and health advisories issued by PCD, limit outdoor activities until the situation normalizes, or wear N95 rated masks as a protection. Children and those with chronic respiratory illnesses should exercise increased caution. Individuals are advised to seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.