PM concerned over heath of people in Bangkok and vicinity as Bangkok shrouded in haze
December 22, 2018, Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister for Political Affairs, Puttipong Punnakanta, in his capacity as Government Spokesperson, disclosed that Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha is concerned over the health of people following the dangerous haze that loomed over Bangkok Metropolitan with Air Quality Index (AQI) above the safety limit. He has advised Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), as well as other concerned agencies, to come up with both immediate and long-term plans to tackle the problem.
BMA has implemented a “one district, one clean-air road” scheme, ad ordered 50 district offices of Bangkok Metropolitan to clean up roads and spray water in traffic-congested areas and under BTS stations. Garbage burning and black carbon emission on the streets are strictly controlled. Integrative effort has also been made among Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Public Health, Department of Land Transport, and the Traffic Police Division to tackle the air pollution. It is expected that the situation return to normalcy within 2-3 days.
The Prime Minister urged the public not to panic and closely follow up on Government’s announcements. They can live their usual life, and are advised to wear masks when going outside, especially children, elderly people, and those with medical conditions.
Source: Royal Thai Government