Smog in 6 northern provinces harms public health

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BANGKOK, – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has reported that the air quality in six northern provinces currently poses threats to public health. The department suggested that they closely monitor the situation.

Director-General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Chatchai Phromlert said the six provinces included Chiang Mai, Lampang, Lamphun, Phrae, Phayao and Tak. The provinces were advised to keep monitoring the air quality and spraying water into the atmosphere to help reduce smog, said the director-general.

The department also urged the public not to burn solid waste and agricultural waste in order to help prevent the smog situation from deteriorating further.

People who live in the areas affected by smog are advised to use a face mask every time they leave the house. Motorists should be more careful when using roads due to low visibility.