Bangkok Residents Told to Stay Inside as Pollution Reaches Dangerous Levels

(Bloomberg) — Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha has urged these dwelling within the Thai capital, Bangkok, to remain indoors as the town’s air air pollution reached harmful ranges.

The air high quality index, or AQI, climbed to 182 in Bangkok at 10:14am — increased than the degrees in Asia’s famously polluted metropolises of New Delhi, Beijing and Jakarta — earlier than falling again to 138 by three p.m., in keeping with web site AirVisual, which screens air air pollution world wide. Readings beneath 50 are thought-about protected, whereas something above 300 is taken into account hazardous.

Individuals dwelling in areas with excessive air pollution ranges in Bangkok ought to keep away from “pointless” outside actions or put on masks, Prayuth informed reporters in Chiang Mai province Monday.

Southeast Asia’s second-biggest financial system is rated as having among the world’s most poisonous air, triggered primarily by building, automobile emissions, polluting factories and farmland burning.

The federal government’s companies have taken pressing measures akin to controls on building websites and strict inspection of polluting autos, in keeping with Puttipong Punnakanta, the federal government’s spokesman.

Thailand’s rainmaking division plans to try to spark precipitation from Tuesday in an effort to disperse pollution, although officers mentioned low atmospheric moisture ranges pose an impediment.

(Updates with rainmaking efforts in final paragraph.)

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