February 27, 2014 00:00
By Prateep Nantaparp
HEAVY SMOG is threatening the health of people living in Lampang and Phrae.
Air-quality tests conducted yesterday showed that the amount of small dust particles in Lampang had soared to 135 micrograms per cubic metre – the highest in the country – while in Phrae it was 127mg.
Safety limits say small dust particles should not go beyond 120mg per cubic metre of air.
“At this level, anybody going outdoors in these provinces are exposed to health risks,” Lampang weather bureau chief Tiwa Phanmaisee said yesterday.
He was speaking after checking real-time results of air-quality tests conducted by the Pollution Control Department.
Separately, relevant agencies in Nakhon Sawan have launched a campaign to prevent forest fires in an attempt to combat the smog problem.
The campaign, which will run until April 30, also includes lessons on extinguishing forest fires safely. Forest fires can spread very quickly during dry weather. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will also monitor drought-hit areas in Nakhon Sawan by helicopter.