Critical haze pollution remains in Chiang Mai

Critical haze pollution remains in Chiang Mai

11 March 2012

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Thailand — A blanket of thick hazy dust particles in the northern province of Chiang Mai on Sunday remained at a critical level while the situation in Lampang has improved due to rainfall.

Chiang Mai on Sunday has still faced haze with dust particles exceeding the safety standard of 120 microgrammes per cubic metre for the sixth consecutive day.

The level of the dust particles was measured at 187 microgrammes per cubic metre at Chiang Mai city hall and at more than 200 microgrammes per cubic metre at Yupparaj Wittayalai School in the provincial seat.

Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Adisorn Kamnerdsiri said that he has assigned administrative officials to inform relevant officials in all districts to step up measures tackling and preventing the ongoing haze pollution.

He explained that he had coordinated with the provincial natural resources and environment office to expedite disbursement of about Bt27,000 to each subdistrict in order to boost local operations.

In addition, the deputy governor coordinated with military personnel in haze-hit zones to help resolve pollution.

Meanwhile, Tiwa Panmaisee, chief of Lampang meteorological station, explained that the haze situation in all 13 districts has reduced with visibility improved to over 2,000 metres thanks to incessant rains.

However, the provincial weather station warned residents of summer thunderstorms with gusty winds over the next week, as well as hail expected in some areas.

The summer thunderstorms have resulted from a moderate high pressure system from China enveloping the upper part of Thailand. (MCOT online news)

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