Governors appointed to assist haze affected public

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BANGKOK– The governors of provinces affected by the haze have been ordered to provide relief operations to the affected public, as an integrated effort with all related agencies. 

The Permanent-Secretary of Interior Grisada Boonrach has ordered the governors of the 12 provinces lower southern region, currently affected by the ongoing wildfire haze from Indonesia, to carry out relief and mitigation operations to control the situation and assist the affected public.

The affected provinces include Surat Thani, Phang Nga, Krabi, Trang, Phatthalung, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phuket, Satun, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat.

The operations will include dispersing of water into the atmosphere at densely populated areas to bring down the concentration of particulate matter in the air. Schools will be forced to close if the recorded particulate matter value (PM10) exceeds 350 micrograms per cubic meter.

The provincial offices of public health have also been assigned to distribute masks to the public, while the local administration officials are urged to conduct field observation and meet the public to acknowledge their problems and survey the current situation.