Lamphun gears up to tackle smog problem

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LAMPHUN, March 17 – The northern province of Lamphun geared up to tackle smog as the air quality has been over the safety standard for four days.

Phinit Harnpanit, Lamphun governor ordered local authorities in eight districts to monitor smog situation closely as the air quality has been measured at 139 microgramme per cubic metre for four days over the safety standard at 120 microgramme per cubic metre.

If the situation worsens, it can have an impact on public health, tourism and economy, he said.

Lamphun natural resource and environment reported that from March 1-15, 184 hotspots were detected in the province, including 71 hotspots in protected areas, 83 in national reserve forests and 30 in farming areas.

About 160 operations to extinguish or contain forest fires were conducted, and about 56 acres of land have been damaged by forest fire thus far.