Pattaya Daily News

28 February 2012 :: 12:02:28 pm 62266

Chiang Rai haze still critical

CHIANG RAI, Feb 28 – The haze situation in the northern province of Chiang Rai, particularly Mae Sai district, remains critical as dust particles in the district on Tuesday registered as the highest level in the region at almost 300 micrograms per cubic metre.
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Thailand’s standard of dust particle safety measures 120 micrograms per cubic metre or less.

The smog has covered most of the province causing poor vision, particularly along the Phaholyothin-Chiang Rai Road which forces drivers to turn on their headlights of their vehicles and to drive with more caution.

The authorities in Chiang Rai plan to dispatch workers to spray water into the air to ease the dust particle level, and more measures will be considered to tackle the problem caused by seasonal forest and farmland fires.

The Northern Royal Rainmaking Centre launched its first operation on Monday to make artificial rain to fight haze and drought in the northern provinces.

The haze has put many residents at risk from respiratory ailments.

According to the Chiang Rai public health office, between Jan 1 and Feb 20, 43,316 patients experienced respiratory ailments and were treated at hospitals in the province.

Report by : MCOT

Category : Thailand News

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