CHIANG RAI – The Director-General of the Pollution Control Department (PCD) Wichien Jungrungruang today said the current haze situation in the northern provinces is on recovering, with a reduced small particulate matter value (PM10) registered today especially in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, and Phayao province. This reduction came after the mitigation operations performed by many agencies.
He said that today is the first operating day of the Central Haze Situation Monitoring Center, established by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, reporting directly to the Prime Minister.
The air conditions today in the northern provinces range from good levels to health affected levels, with the PM10 value registered at 18-163 micrograms per cubic meter.
The PM10 value at Mae Sod District in Tak province registered at 133 micrograms per cubic meter, while the value at Mueang District in Mae Hong Son registered at 163 micrograms per cubic meter, which still exceeds the standard level.
Meanwhile, the ozone level today registered at 69-102 parts per billion (ppb) with the value exceeding the standard levels at Chang Phueak subdistrict in Chiang Mai province.
The Pollution Control Department will still be closely monitoring the situation and asks the public to refrain from burning to prevent the accumulation of particulate matter in the air. -NNT