ASEAN Haze-Free Roadmap

Air Force, officials tackle smog

Date of Release: 
Mar 25 2016

‘Water flights’ planned to counter pollution in Chiang Rai as residents risk health problems; agricultural fires blamed

SEVEN provinces in the North are now suffering bad air pollution, with Chiang Rai the hardest-hit and residents at risk of developing health problems. As of yesterday, the amount of small dust particles (PM10) in Chiang Rai jumped to 304 micrograms per cubic metre of air - far over the safe level of 120 micrograms.

In a bid to help ease the air-quality problem, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) will dispatch planes to spray water to mitigate the problem.

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Smog levels start to climb in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai

Date of Release: 
Mar 17 2016

THE AMOUNT of small particulate matter of up to 10 microns in diameter (PM10) in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces has gone beyond safety levels for two consecutive days, while the readings in other provinces in the North remained within the safe level of 120 micrograms per cubic metre.

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Flight in North cancelled as haze problem worsens

Date of Release: 
Mar 20 2016

KAN Air cancelled a Chiang Mai-bound flight yesterday after the haze problem in Mae Hong Son rose to high levels in the Upper North, resulting in visibility being restricted to less than 1,000 metres, Mae Hong Son Airport chief Weerawat Thadong said.

Weerawat said the 12pm flight cancellation was a safety precaution.

The noon cancellation resulted in some affected passengers being transported to the city in vans, while others postponed their travel plans.

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Government proposes new approach to fight haze

Date of Release: 
Mar 8 2016

Chiang Mai: Thailand has proposed each country set its own measures to reduce air particle levels according to their own standards, arguing such "active" measures could then be included in the Asean Haze-Free Roadmap to control transboundary haze pollution.

The proposal came Monday as high-level Asean officials gathered in the northern province to attend the three-day First Taskforce Meeting to Draft the Roadmap on Asean Cooperation Towards Transboundary Haze Pollution Control with Means of Implementation. Myanmar and Brunei were absent from the meeting.

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ASEAN ministers express concern over 'unprecendented severity' of haze

Date of Release: 
Oct 29 2015

SINGAPORE: Environment Ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states on Thursday (Oct 29) expressed their concern over the "unprecedented severity and geographical spread" of the recent smoke haze affecting the region, and expressed sympathy to the millions of people affected by the haze.

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