Haze hits Thailand’s southern provinces

Haze hits Thailand’s southern provinces

20 June 2012

published by www.pattayamail.com

 Thailand -SONGKHLA – Seasonal haze and smog from forest fires in Indonesia on Tuesday have blanketed Thailand’s lower southern provinces, including Songkhla.

The ongoing haze and thick smog caused poor visibility in Songkhla, particularly in the provincial seat, Hat Yai and Khlong Hoi Khon districts. The haze was seen from the high-rise building in the prime business areas of Hat Yai.

Responding to the haze, the southeastern coastal meteorological centre is closely monitoring the situation to brace for possible impact on the public although the haze and dust particles have not intensified nor have they severely affect residents’ overall living condition.

According to satellite images of the ongoing forest fires on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, weather officials in Songkha found 310 forest fire hot spots recorded today, increasing from 163 hot spots recorded yesterday.

Meanwhile, the air quality monitoring station in Songkhla reported that air quality in the three provinces of Songkhla, Yala and Narathiwat did not impact health problems.

The density of the recorded dust particles were within safety standards.

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