Upper Thailand suffers from smog crisis


Lampang – The upper regions of Thailand are continuing to suffer from poor air quality, despite mitigation measures and campaigns against burning activities.

In the northern province of Lampang, thick smog has impacted visibility in the downtown area and nearby districts, while several burning activities have been sighted outside of city limits. Authorities have campaigned for locals to refrain from burning and are gathering donations to support the firefighting effort. Donations have included first aid kits, face masks, gloves, socks, and basic consumer goods. The supplies will go to personnel who continue combating haze and wildfires.

Meanwhile, the northeastern province of Nong Khai is also facing air pollution, especially in SangKom district. Dense smog has persisted for three straight days due to burning activities and wildfires, both within the Kingdom and from neighboring countries.

Inspector General for the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives Komsan Chamroonphong stated that the anti-burning campaign has been elevated as a national agenda. He urged cooperatives to refrain from agricultural burning and grow alternative crops instead.

Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha has expressed concern over the smog crisis in upper Thailand and urged officials in affected areas to spray water mist to reduce air pollution. He also called on private firms to cooperate by installing water sprayers on tall buildings to reduce airborne particles.