The Thai government is, according to them, solving PM 2.5 dust pollution issues and urging people to avoid outdoor activities.
On Friday (March 10th) Mr. Anucha Burapachaisri, deputy secretary-general to the prime minister, told the press “According to the Pollution Control Department, PM 2.5 dust levels in Bangkok and nearby areas has continued to increase today. However, after tomorrow (March 11th), air pollution in Bangkok and nearby areas will be decreased due to wind and help to wash dust out from problem areas. However, during March 14th to March 16th dust is likely to be swept in from other areas into Bangkok.”
“Meanwhile, dust pollution levels in seventeen northern provinces is increasing until March 14th. The air pollution in the northern parts of Thailand will be relieved within two weeks,” Anucha added.
“People should wear face masks and avoid outdoor activities. Kids, the elderly, and people who have personal health problems should take more awareness with their personal health care,” Mr. Anucha noted.
“The Thai government has paid attention to PM 2.5 dust pollution in Bangkok, nearby areas, and other parts of Thailand. We are trying to solve the problem with three main measurements which are increasing area management, to prevent and decrease sources of pollution, and explore solutions to resolve air pollution,” Mr. Anucha explained.
TPN media notes that Chiang Mai was number one in the world yesterday, March 9th, for air pollution based on AQI indexes online.
TPN also notes that critics of the air pollution have continually said that simply “banning” burning of sugarcane fields, a major source of the pollution, would not fix the problem without training and alternative solutions provided to farmers by the Thai government, as well as enforcement against the purchase of burnt sugarcane from potential buyers.