Mae Hong Song still troubled by smoke haze

Mae Hong Song still troubled by smoke haze

25 March 2007

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Thailand — Mae Hong Son is still plagued by smoke haze with dust-particlelevels at a dangerous 186 micrograms per cubic metre (mpcm), according to thePollution Control Department.

The department warned Mae Hong Son residents to avoid all forms of outdoorburning and to promptly report forest fires.

Children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems are advised to refrainfrom outdoor activity.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Kasem Sanidwong na Ayudhaya said onthe “direct line to Parliament” programme Saturday that there would benegotiations over the coming two months with neighbouring countries affected bysmoke from Thailand.

Other northern provinces report fine-particle dust levels within limits. InChiang Mai the reading was 85mpcm, Lampang reported 71mpcm and Chiang Rai78mpcm.

Fine-dust particles are those smaller than 10 micrograms. The acceptable levelis 120mpcm.

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