Haze, smog worsen in northern provinces

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LAMPANG, Feb 10 – Dust particle levels in Thailand’s northern provinces have increased, while Chiang Mai’s airport has to turn on spotlights along the whole runway area due to poor visibility.

Regarding the haze and smog situation, the average dust particles recorded in northern provinces has risen, with Phrae at 112 microgrammes/cubic metre and Lampang at 106 microgrammes/cubic metre.

In Chiang Mai, the visibility is poor at about one kilometre, forcing Chiang Mai Airport to turn on spotlights at its runway. Chiang Mai reported dust particles level at 71 microgrammes/cubic metre.

The Chiang Mai deputy governor said 14 hot spots have been found burning, mostly in Chom Thong, Mae Chaem and Omkoi districts. Local authorities have asked for cooperation from the public to stop all types of burning.

If there is no rain, the dust particle levels is likely to continue to rise. The Lampang Meteorological Station reported an active high pressure system from China remaining over the Northeast of Thailand and the South China Sea. It forecasts cool weather with fog in the morning and isolated thundershowers with wind gusts