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Bangkok (NNT/VNA) – Particulate Matter, or PM 2.5, levels have risen to health threatening levels across Bangkok and its vicinity with Muang district of Nakhon Pathom the hardest hit at 79 micrograms per cubic meter.

Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) air quality measurement stations have reported PM 2.5 levels across the Thai capital have reached detrimental levels of between 48-79 micrograms per cubic meter. Cloudy conditions have intensified the situation with rates measured along Kanchanaphisek road reaching 73 micrograms per cubic meter. Levels as high as 78 micrograms per cubic meter were measured in Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan province and a reading of 79 was found in Nakhon Pathom.  

Those same areas are also being affected by high levels of PM 10 with readings spanning 60 to 125 micrograms per cubic meter. The situation is expected to improve slightly over the course of the day.

Citizens are being encouraged to limit their time outdoors and to wear a face mask if they need to be out in the open. They are also urged to reduce personal vehicle usage and any burning. Public transport operators have been called on to contribute to the effort.

The situation can be followed in real time via the app air4thai.-NNT/VNA