Picture courtesy of Chiang Mai School of Drugs

Northern Thailand is at present grappling with extreme air pollution, with Chiang Mai experiencing the second-worst air high quality globally. As of right now, March 8, air high quality monitoring has revealed that particulate matter PM2.5 ranges have exceeded the commonplace in 46 provinces, prompting well being warnings and advisories for residents to restrict out of doors actions.

PM2.5 concentrations surpassed Thailand’s security requirements in varied areas, together with Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Nan, Mae Hong Son, Phayao, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit, Phetchabun, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Lopburi, Saraburi, Ang Thong, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Phuket, Bueng Kan, Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Bua Lamphu, and others.

Northern provinces, particularly, have proven ranges starting from 53.0 to 169.7 microgrammes per cubic metre, whereas the northeast area recorded values between 35.4 and 80.8 microgrammes per cubic metre.

Central and western areas additionally reported ranges above the commonplace, measuring between 30.2 and 60.2 micrograms per cubic metre. In distinction, the jap area maintained comparatively good air high quality, with measurements starting from 16.3 to 32.1 micrograms per cubic metre.

Just one space in the southern area exceeded the commonplace, with a recorded PM2.5 focus between 14.4 and 45.3 microgrammes per cubic metre.

Bangkok and its neighborhood had six areas the place air high quality ranges had been past the acceptable restrict, with PM2.5 values between 21.9 and 39.7 microgrammes per cubic metre.

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A stark reminder of the severity of the scenario got here when Chiang Mai topped the world’s air pollution index, with a resident in Lampang measuring PM2.5 ranges at a staggering 600 microgrammes per cubic metre, questioning the security of the neighborhood’s well being. Different affected provinces embrace Sakon Nakhon, Mukdahan, Khon Kaen, Kalasin, Roi Et, Amnat Charoen, Chaiyaphum, Yasothon, Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Surin.

The well being advisory issued recommends that the normal public take precautions to guard their well being, cut back the time spent on out of doors actions, or use private protecting gear. These with well being considerations are urged to restrict their publicity to out of doors actions or shield themselves accordingly.

If well being signs happen, you will need to search medical recommendation. Notably in areas with important well being impacts (pink zones), residents ought to keep away from out of doors actions or use safety, consulting a physician in the event that they expertise any well being points.

The web site IQAir, which tracks world air pollution ranges, reported that as of 10am on the similar day, Chiang Mai had the second-worst air high quality in the world, reported KhaoSod.

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