Smog in Chiang Mai hits highest level for year

Smog in Chiang Mai hits highest level for year

CHIANG MAI reported the worst smog this year yesterday morning with tiny particles at 253 micrograms per cubic metre at an air station near Yupparat Wittayalai School, while a City Hall station recorded 247 mg per cu/m.

The amount of tiny dust in the air was double the safety level of 120 mg per cu/m, and some 2,200 residents were reportedly seeking medical treatment for smog-triggered illnesses.

Nakhonping Hospital in Mae Rim district reported 589 patients with respiratory problems and allergic reactions.

However, the smog figures were still below 382.7 mg per cu/m, the highest ever measure, taken on March 14, 2007.

Chiang Mai health office exe-cutive Dr Surasing Wisaruthrat said the air pollution level was |dangerous to people in the pro-vince and nearby areas.

He urged people - especially children, |elderly people and pregnant |women - not to stay outdoors |for a long time.

But if they have |to go out they should wear a facemask, while those indoors should seal windows and doors and turn |on air conditioners to try to purify the air.

The visibility in general was about 200-500 metres, while Chiang Mai International Airport reported visibility under 300 metres, an informed source reported yesterday.

Meanwhile, Chiang Mai Office for Natural Resources and Environment director Jongkhai Worapongsathorn told a press conference yesterday the forest fire fighting operation from February 15 until March 8 had received 457 forest fire complaints and found 3,820 rai of damaged areas - most of which were in Mae Chaem, Chiang Dao, Mae Taeng, Om Koi and Hot districts.

Chiang Mai University (CMU)'s Faculty of Mass Communications dean Jiraporn Witiyasakphan told the media a seminar on smog solutions would be held on March 17 at the CMU Academic Service Centre.

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