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17 Jan 2020 | 04:54 AM UTC

Thailand: Fine dust reported above safe levels in Bangkok January 17 /update 2

Fine dust reported above safe levels in Bangkok Greater Area on January 17; situation likely to persist over the coming days

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Event

As of Friday, January 17, the Thai Pollution Control Department (PCD) reported an unsafe level of PM2.5 fine dust concentration between 28-55 micrograms per cubic meters for ten areas in the Greater Bangkok Area.

The most affected areas include the Din Daeng, Bung KumWang Thong Lang, Bang Kho Laem, Bang Kapi, Lat Krabang, Klong San, Phra Nakhon, Klong Toey, and Lak Si districts.

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 Bangkok are advised to monitor the situation, watch for updates and health advisories issued by the Pollution Control Department (PCD), limit outdoor activities until the situation normalize 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.