Chiang Mai authority on Saturday appealed for urgent donations of N95-grade face masks as the air pollution in the province worsened.
Deputy Governor Komsan Suwan-ampa made the appeal amid calls for the government to declare a state of emergency in this tourist province.
He said that about 1.4 million masks had been distributed to people so far. “However the air pollution caused by dangerous levels of PM2.5 is worsening and the masks people have may not be sufficient or have expired,” the deputy governor said.
Komsan also said the worsening air pollution in Chiang Mai partly became more serious as a western wind is bringing dust and smog from Myanmar into the province.
Rescue workers with support from the army have been dispatched to handle bush fires, he said, adding a total of 23 cases of forest arson had been prosecuted since March 1.
His authority will act as a centre for donations and people can donate the N95-grade masks at the exhibition hall in the province. The public is also advised to stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities.