Indonesian forest fire smog smothers southern Thailand
19 July 2006
published by etna.mcot.net
Bangkok, Thailand — Smogs from Indonesian forest fires is developing into extensive areas of Thailand’s southern region for the second consecutive day, including the commercial district of Hat Yai in Songkhla province.
In some areas gauze face masks are being issued to children, the aging and persons with resporatory diseases
The season southwest monsoon is blowing smog to Thailand’s lower South, extending entirely across the isthmus of Kra–including Satun, Trang, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.
Many areas in the region’s primary commercial district of Hat Yai are covered by thick haze, causing eye and nose irritation and worrying health authorities.
Sanpong Ritraksa, a medical doctor at Songkhla’s public health office said that gauze facemasks have been distributed to local residents, expecially to children, the elderly and persons who suffer from asthma.
The provincial public health office is cooperating with the ministry of natural resources and environment to closely monitor air quality, Dr. Sanpong added.