Smoke Haze Returns Blamed on Neighbouring Provinces and Countries, Authorities Advise Wearing Mask

 | Wed 11 Apr 2018 07:33 ICT

CityNews – Chiang Mai authorities have acknowledged the current return of haze and smog, suggesting that this smoke is coming from neighbouring countries.

As the view of Doi Suthep began to disappear in a haze of smoke again, a report by the local authorities confirmed the problem, reporting PM10 levels in Mae Chaem and Chang Pheuk at 104 and 89 respectively. The Climate Change Data Centre at Chiang Mai University (CCDC CMU) also reported a PM2.5 reading at 16 locations, averaging at 125 between 11am and 12pm on April 11.

The highest recorded number was 160 at Anuban Chiang Mai School.

According to the authorities, the cause of the haze is this time from neighbouring countries and provinces to the west of the city where a large fire was spotted. However, th number of fire hotspots have also increased in south Chiang Mai, which suggests that not all the smoke is from neighbouring countries.

The authorities have urged civilians to wear N95 or FFP2 masks to protect their health. The governor of Chiang Mai has ordered the public health offices in local area to distribute masks to the citizens. The 51 Day No Burning policy is still active until April 20th.