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    Residents Warned to Stay Inside as Toxic Smog Blankets Northern Thailand

    CHIANG RAI Several provinces in North and Northeast of Thailand are facing toxic smog from agricultural and forest fires as residents are told to avoid outdoor activities when possible by Thai health officials.


    Thick smog blanketed Chiang Rais Mae Sai district Friday morning when PM2.5 rose to 203 micrograms per cubic meter, inducing poor visibility. Authorities sprayed water into the air in their urgent effort to lower toxic pollution.


    Local officials said Thailand planned to consult with Myanmar about the problem via Thai-Myanmar Township Border Committee, a local mechanism for cooperation. They said most of Thai residents had been affected by haze originated in Myanmar.


    In neighboring Phayao Province, the severe pollution has forced Phayao University to suspend its classes for two days after PM2.5 level surged to over 130 micrograms.


    The University issued a warning for students, staff and lecturers to avoid exposure to air pollution, refrain from outdoor activities and wearing masks.


    In Chiang Mai more than 500 officials, including soldiers and policemen today kicked off a campaign to stop forest fires in Chiang Mai as air pollution continues for about a week in northern provinces.


    The campaign was officially opened at the Thapae gate, a landmark in the provincial seat.


    The amount of small dust particles known as PM2.5 stood high between 155 171 micrograms per cubic metre in Chiang Mai, considered extremely much higher than required standards for the sixth day in the province.


    According to TNA, Farm waste burning have also caused PM2.5 problem in the Northeast.

    Exacerbated by a weather pattern, the harmful particle matter level has risen over safety limit in Khon Kaen. Such condition would prevail for a few days before a summer storm is predicted on Sunday, reports a local weather office.


    In Loei, concerns over health impacts from of PM2.5 have led local authorities to speedy conduct public relations and enforcement of law. Local residents have been urged to protect themselves from respiratory infections, while raising public awareness on long-term impacts.


    Agricultural fires have also been identified as a major cause for air pollution in the province.

    https://www.chiangraitimes.com/resid...-thailand.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Authorities sprayed water into the air
    that should have been translated to " pissed in the wind " - the uniformed are laughably inept

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    I'd expect the "stay inside" message to come on Saturday night/Sunday morning... that is if they could tell just the opposition voters.

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    They said most of Thai residents had been affected by haze originated in Myanmar
    The longer they keep repeating that lie the longer the problem will persist.

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    going inside does not reduce your exposure unless u wear mask or have room filters

    Staying inside doesn't stop the PM2.5 or the PM10 from entering room. PM2.5 = 2.5 MICRONS diameter, i.e. 2.5 millionths of a meter across, . (cut a meter into a thousand pieces: 1mm (millimeter), cut that 1mm into a thousand pieces and each piece is a micron/micrometer.

    My handheld reader reads same inside as outside unless I have air filters activated.

    You need to wear an N95 mask. And use N95 filter material over your AC intake and/or run an electric filter with N95 and/or activated charcoal/carbon technology.

    The numbers being alleged for the AQI in Chiang Mai are way off.

    AQI in Chiang Mai is 650 now, 7:50 AM, Sat Mar 23, near Kad Suan Kaew. NOT the 300s and 400's showing on the aqicn.org website. One hour ago it was close to 750. AQI is, however, around 200 in my room with two separate air filters at work.


    Temptop meter, $150, available from Amazon. The meter is always in agreement when the AQI on the aqicn.org website shows readings under 400 or so.

    But as soon as the readings are way, way beyond even Pakistan, India, etc readings, someone has figured out how to fudge the numbers on the website so Chiang Mai doesn't appear even more bizarrely bad than the 200-400's they claim.

    (9:10 AM my meter reads 760)

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    Chaing Rai seems to have disappeared

    https://www.facebook.com/65663431768...462462?sfns=cl

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    Ahhhh, paradise.

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    Someone posted a horrible video driving outside Chiang Mai with fires all along the road and visibility down to literally feet in places.

    So along came some dumb fucking shit from the government who once again said it was bad because of Myanmar.

    They need a slap, the arseholes.

    And the numbers they make up are just a fucking joke.

    BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - An academic has called on the government to declare a state of emergency in Chiang Mai and most of Thailand's northern provinces over 'disastrous' levels of smog.


    Residents in the north are advised to stay inside air-conditioned buildings and avoid all outdoor activities as some areas of Chiang Mai recorded levels of PM2.5 - particulate matter fine enough to enter a person's bloodstream through the lungs - beyond 700 micrograms per cubic metre (g/m) of air on Saturday morning.

    Witsanu Attavanich, a lecturer at Kasetsart University, said any level over 500 is hazardous and far beyond the capacity of local authorities to cope. The central government needs to step in now and declare a state of emergency, he said.


    "Such a disastrous level of PM2.5 is probably the highest level ever recorded in Thailand," Witsanu said.


    "No need to consider the level of threat from such dangerously hazardous air pollution on our health, as breathing in only 100 micrograms of PM2.5 is considered to be very harmful even for healthy people."


    In January, all schools in Bangkok were temporarily shut down when the PM2.5 level was around 70 to 120 micrograms. But, so far, except for the creation of "safe zones" in Chiang Mai city centre, no such emergency procedure has been ordered by the Chiang Mai Provincial Authority.



    Professor Kwanchai Suparatpinyo of Chiang Mai University's Research Institute for Health Sciences said the situation was critical. He cited the many forest fires that ravaged Chiang Mai and the northern region as well smog from neighbouring countries as the causes.

    He urged residents, especially small children, elderly persons and pregnant women as well as those with chronic ailments such as allergies and heart disease, to stay indoors and refrain from all outdoor activity.


    Meanwhile the Pollution Control Department (PCD) put the 24-hour average of PM2.5 between 36and 239 micrograms per cubic metre of air in nine northern provinces.


    Tambon Jong Kham in Muang Mae Hong Son was worst off at 239 mcg, followed by Wiang Phang Kham in Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district at 224 mcg. Tambon Wiang in Muang Chiang Rai cited 98 mcg, while Chang Pheuk and Sri Phum in Muang Chiang Mai cited 172 mcg and 168 mcg respectively.


    https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se...its-disastrous




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    I have been looking at AQ indexs for over ten years now, ever since I worked in China, I have never seen it reported as "beyond" before, as it was yesterday!

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    It's OK lads, the esteemed general has asked the Chiang Mai authorities to come up with some "guidelines".


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    First day of the CM Cricket 6's kicked off yesterday, it was shit (the smog/smoke not the cricket... personally that was fair-to-middling for me).

    Take it you're not attending this year harry?

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    Lulu's Friday night pool party must have been a hoot










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    It's what you can't see going on under that water that it the real problem

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    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will fly to the northern province of Chiang Mai on Tuesday morning to chair a meeting of upper northern provincial governors to discuss the haze problem which is wreaking havoc
    in several provinces.

    Government’s deputy spokesman Lt-Gen Weerachon Sukondhapatipak said today that the Prime Minister has closely monitored the haze situation in the North and wants to go to the affected region to get first-hand information from authorities and to provide support if requested.

    The Pollution Control Department said the haze problem today was worse than yesterday with the level of PM2.5 dust particles increasing in all areas.

    Pheu Thai party’s core member Mr. Chadchat Sitthipan said that the number of voluntary fire-fighters was inadequate and they lack both budget and equipment.

    Citing satellite images, which show a lot of hot spots across the border, he suggested that the Thai Foreign Ministry hold talks with its Myanmar counterparts to discuss the problem
    https://www.thaipbsworld.com/pm-to-f...-haze-problem/

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    First day of the CM Cricket 6's kicked off yesterday, it was shit (the smog/smoke not the cricket... personally that was fair-to-middling for me).

    Take it you're not attending this year harry?
    Is that on today in the Gymkhana club? Will head over after me breakfast burrito in Miguel's. If I can still move. Fuckin size of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    the Prime Minister has closely monitored the haze situation
    he will need to get pretty fcuking close or else he will not see fcuk all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Is that on today in the Gymkhana club? Will head over after me breakfast burrito in Miguel's. If I can still move. Fuckin size of it.
    Yep sure is.

    For the rest of the week basically.

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    It is.

    And there's live streaming of it.

    https://chiangmaisixes.cricket/


    Watch out for Lulu doing a streak in 30 minutes.

    Lu was nimble.
    Lu was quick.
    Lu smacked his nads off the cricket wick.

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    I forgot about the live stream... Wonder if me cheerleading section were glued to their monitors yesterday??

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    Will be there in 20 mins. Keep an eye out. Black Ninja 650. A shirt Tomcat would be proud of, gray flatcap. That's how fashionable I am.

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    Haha... I'm not there today, think our next game is Tues or Wed. Dunno, that's how organised we are.

    Our tent is the one with the bar. Go tell them you know me and you'll either get a free beer or chased out of there

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    Chiang Mai will be choking into May, climatologist warns

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    Health-threatening PM2.5 haze is expected to linger in the North until at least early May, says the chief of Chiang Mai University’s Climate Change Centre.

    Associate Professor Seth Sampattakul said the problem would continue until forest fires were extinguished or the rainy season began.

    The level of PM2.5 – dust particles 2.5 microns or less in diameter – has consistently topped the safe limit of 50 microns per cubic metre of air in most of Chiang Mai.

    In Samoeng district the level was recently measured above 500 microns – 10 times the safe limit – representing a serious health threat.

    Seth said the problem had worsened despite efforts to fight forest fires and control the burning of vegetation on cropland.

    More farmers were now burning off scrub to prepare their fields for the next growing season, he noted.

    Chiang Mai Governor Supachai Iamsuwan has blamed “technical problems” for preventing him declaring the province a disaster zone. To do so, the province would have to utilise an emergency budget, a move barred by Finance Ministry regulations, he claimed.

    He said all he could do was instruct local administrators to make use of their own funds to deal with the problem.

    Supachai has come under heavy criticism for failing to curb what has become in recent weeks the world’s worst air pollution problem.
    Chiang Mai will be choking into May, climatologist warns

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    Tiz a bit hazy.



    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    I'm not there today,


    You're fooling no one bud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    First day of the CM Cricket 6's kicked off yesterday, it was shit (the smog/smoke not the cricket... personally that was fair-to-middling for me).

    Take it you're not attending this year harry?
    Unfortunately spinning too many plates at the moment to get away from work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post


    You're fooling no one bud.

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