Nearly 200,000 people in Thailand have been hospitalized this week due to air pollution, officials said, as Bangkok was shrouded in a dangerous haze.
Thailand’s capital, home to an estimated 11 million people and one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, has been shrouded for days in an unpleasant yellow-gray mix of vehicle exhaust, industrial emissions and farm burning smoke.
More than 1.3 million people in the state have been sick since the beginning of the year air pollutionThis week alone, nearly 200,000 people have been hospitalized, according to the Ministry of Public Health.
The minister, Dr. Kriangrai Namthaesong, on Wednesday urged children Pregnant women to stay at home.
Anyone going outside should wear a high-quality N95 respirator.Pollution He added a mask.
During another peak in pollution in late January and early February, city officials urged people to work from home.
A spokesman for Bangkok’s governor, Chadchart Sitpunt – who last year pledged to improve the city’s environment – said he would not hesitate to issue another similar order if the situation worsened.
Akevarunyo Amrapala told AFP that city-run nurseries have set up special “dust rooms” to protect air cleaners. Small childrenAs well as checkpoints to control vehicle emissions.
The Ministry of Public Health said on Wednesday 50 districts in Bangkok recorded unsafe levels of PM2.5 particles – too small to enter the bloodstream – but remained well above World Health Organization guidelines on Thursday.
For the past three days, PM2.5 levels have been above safe limits for most of Bangkok, according to the government’s pollution control department.
In northern Chiang Mai, the situation was even worse in the agricultural region where farmers burned crop stubble this year.
Around midday (0500 GMT), the popular tourist destination was ranked the third most polluted. City IQAir tracking company in the world.