Locals in Chiang Rai gathered together calling for a dust pollution solution after the PM 2.5 level is the worst in ten years, according to them.
More than 200 locals in the Mae Sai district led by Mr. Sawetayon Srisamut, vice president of the Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce, gathered together at the Mae Sai District Office this week. They are asking officials to discuss with Myanmar on curbing the burning problems together.
Mr. Sawetayon told Thai media, “We are suffering from the PM 2.5 dust pollution. One of the main sources is caused from agricultural burning both in our country and our neighboring countries, like Myanmar. We need to talk with our neighbor countries about this problem. The main agricultural product being burned is corn.”
“The PM 2.5 dust level this year is the worst in ten years. This week the PM 2.5 dust level has reached 543 micrograms per cubic meter which is dangerous for our health.” Mr. Sawetayon concluded.
The Thai government is considering multiple solutions, including reportedly curfews to stop night burning and more patrols in the area. However, critics have pointed out that with elections dominating the minds of many politicians which will be in May that the severity of the issue is being underestimated.
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