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Army helps wash pollution off streets, calls for long-term solution


The Royal Thai Army has since mid-February sent soldiers to help agencies tackling Bangkok’s air pollution, which saw a prolonged spike in hazardous PM2.5 emissions – air particles of 2.5 microns or smaller.

The army would soon join a discussion for long-term prevention of the problem, said deputy Army spokesperson Colonel Sirichan Ngathong on Thursday.
She said the Army Region 1 had on February 16 dispatched soldiers, along with high-pressure water trucks, to join Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) workers in overnight road and sidewalk spraying in the areas with high particulate readings.
This helped improve the situation, Sirichan said, adding that soldiers would continue to spray water and clean sidewalks in those areas until the end of February or until the dust situation resolved.
Army Commander-in-Chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart has expressed concerns that this issue might arise in future years in areas of the city, she said. Chalermchai had urged related agencies to find long-term measures to deal with the health hazard. The Army and agencies would soon discuss possible measures to minimise impacts on people, she added.

Published : February 22, 2018

By : Jitraporn Senawong The Nation