BMA advises residents to avoid trash dump area


BANGKOK 18 March 2014  — The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Environmental Department has advised citizens to avoid the smoky areas of the Bang Pu garbage pit — adding that masks should be worn in order not to inhale dangerous fumes.

Mr. Somchai Chatsakulpen, Deputy-Director of the BMA Environmental Department, revealed that many areas of Bangkok have voiced their complaints over the smoke and fume billowing from the burning trash in the Bang Pu garbage pit in Samut Prakan province.

The BMA Environmental Department is carrying out and conducting pollution tests to determine its effects on nearby residents. The department has also announced initial preventive measures that include avoiding the smoky areas and covering one’s noses and mouths to refrain from inhaling the fumes.

Mr. Somchai further stated that the department would be working closely with the Bangkok Health Department to provide immediate assistance to those affected by the smoke.

So far, Bangkok districts that have been affected by the smoke include Bangna, Saphan Sung, Ladkrabang, and Prawet.