Haze Pollution in Thailand

Northern Thai provinces fighting against smog from Myanmar

Date of Release: 
Mar 16 2016

BANGKOK, 16 March 2016 (NNT) – The northern provinces have imposed measures to prevent and control forest fires due to wildfire smoke from the neighboring country.

The Department of Pollution Control on Tuesday announced that the amount of particulate matter was last measured at 115 micrograms/cubic meter in Mueang district. In Mae Sai district on the Thai-Myanmar borders, the level of particulate matter was 152 micrograms/cubic meter which was higher than safe levels, said the department.

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Haze forces 64,000 into hospitals in the North

Date of Release: 
Mar 22 2016

Dr Suraphan Sangsawang, acting director of the Regional Health Promotion Centre 10 Chiang Mai, said reports from 90 hospitals in the area showed that the number of patients with coronary artery and respiratory diseases had increased dramatically as the region's haze worsened last week.

Suraphan said Chiang Mai had the highest number of patients at 17,359, followed by Chiang Rai at 11,779 and Lampang at 10,228.

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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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Expert warns of worst haze since 1998

Date of Release: 
Feb 26 2016

Chiang Mai: The haze situation in the North this year could be the worst in nearly two decades judging by the situation in Indonesia where widespread forest fires have broken out due to the El Nino weather phenomenon, an expert has warned.

Siri Akaakara, director of the Forest Fire Prevention and Suppression Office, said that according to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, fires in Indonesia last year razed 30 million rai of forest due to the influence of El Nino.

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Environment Minister Sets Up “War Room” to Monitor Haze in Northern Thailand

Date of Release: 
Feb 21 2016

CHIANG RAI – Minister for Natural Resources and Environment Gen. Surasak Karnjanarat said a ‘War Room’ has been set up at the Department of Water Resources’ headquarters to monitor the haze situation in the northern part of Thailand.

Gen Surasak Karnjanarat said the war room will be keeping a close watch on smoke and forest fires in 9 northern provinces including Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Nan, Phrae, Phayao,Tak, Lampang, Lamphun and Mae Hong Son.

The war room will also act as coordinating center between responsible agencies as well as exchange useful information with them.

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Haze levels in 4 northern provinces 'unhealthy'

Date of Release: 
Feb 16 2016

The pervading haze in Chiang Mai, Lampang, Lamphun and Phrae provinces has hit levels that can be harmful to health, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department director-general Chatchai Promlert said on Tuesday.

Mr Chatchai said the Pollution Control Department reported the level of dust particles measuring less than 10 micrometres, or PM10, in nine northern provinces as of 5am on Tuesday was between 68 and 160. The safety PM10 level is 120.

The nine provinces were Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phrae, Phayao and Tak.

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Haze level unhealthy in Thailand

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Feb 18 2016

The haze affecting northern Thailand has reached levels that can be considered harmful to health, according to director-general Chatchai Promlert of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.

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