High levels of air pollution have been detected in Thailand

Caracas.- Thai authorities said on Wednesday that ultrafine particle air pollution has reached health-damaging levels in 42 of the country’s 77 provinces, largely due to agricultural fires in the central and northern areas.

The Geoinformatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Gistda) said on Facebook that it had seen PM2.5 levels (particles 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter) as high as 65.1 micrograms per cubic meter ( mcg/m3), Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thanbi and Sukhothai.

In the case of Bangkok, levels in Nong Khaem district reached 59.8 µg/m3.

Thai authorities recommend not exceeding 50 µg/m3, while the World Health Organization recommends avoiding exposure to concentrations greater than 25 µg/m3 of this type of particle for more than 24 hours due to the risk of respiratory infections. Cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

In collaboration with other centers such as the Department of Pollution and Kasetsart and Chiang Mai universities, Gistda said it uses satellite images with artificial intelligence to measure pollution levels.

In addition, there were 88 fires across the country, mostly in provinces such as Chiang Rai (north), Phichit (centre), and Uthai Thani (centre), as well as 394 in Cambodia, 190 in Burma (Myanmar), and 159 in Vietnam, and 70 in Laos.

Air pollution is a common problem in Thailand during the dry season, which runs from October to April, due to a combination of factors including heavy traffic, construction and industrial activities, and agricultural-related fires.

With information from Efe

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