Haze from for­est fires in In­done­sia cov­ers south­ern Thai­land

Fiji Sun - - Asia News - Xin­hua

Bangkok: Thai TV on Thurs­day showed im­ages of smoke hov­er­ing over Thai­land’s south­ern prov­ince of Songkhla.

The Songkhla provin­cial of­fice quoted on lo­cal me­dia said that the amount of PM2.5 (par­tic­u­late mat­ter less than 2.5 mi­crome­tres in di­am­e­ter) stayed around 12-55 mi­cro­grams per cu­bic me­tre (mcg) in the past 24 hours on av­er­age.

The haze from for­est fires in Su­ma­tra, In­done­sia has blan­keted parts of Songkhla and vis­i­bil­ity in Hat Yai district has dropped to 300 me­tres, lo­cal me­dia said.

The south­west mon­soon wind has car­ried pol­luted air from Su­ma­tra, where more hotspots were de­tected. The PM2.5 level in Songkhla’s Hat Yai district was 55 mcg, ex­ceed­ing the safety stan­dard at 50 mcg, lo­cal me­dia added.

It is also said that the air qual­ity started to pose a health threat to lo­cal res­i­dents. In Satun, Pat­tani and Yala, the av­er­age air par­tic­u­late read­ings were 47, 42 and 48 mcg re­spec­tively, up from Wed­nes­day.

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