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Air pollution turns deadly in Thailand, 2 lakh people admitted to hospitals in 1 week, over 13 lakh sick



bangkok: Thailand has been shrouded in haze due to air pollution since this week. Around 200,000 people have fallen ill from breathing in the toxic air. All were admitted to hospital. The state of the capital Bangkok is very bad. Municipal authorities have urged people to stay at home. The cause of air pollution is considered to be smoke coming out of industry and yellow-gray smoke coming out of vehicles. According to an AFP report, air pollution in the capital Bangkok is at an extremely dangerous level.

The Health Ministry has urged children and pregnant women to stay indoors. It is home to around 11 million people and is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Vehicle smoke, industrial emissions and burning stubble blanketed the country in toxic air. According to the ministry, more than 1.3 million people have become ill in the state since the start of the year due to air pollution. Nearly 200,000 people have been hospitalized this week alone. Kriangkrai Namthaisong, a doctor with the ministry, said on Wednesday that anyone going out should wear a high-quality N95 anti-pollution mask. City officials have urged people to work from home.

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A spokesman for Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sitipunt, who was elected last year on a promise to improve the city’s environment, said he would not hesitate to issue another similar order if the situation was getting worse. City-run nurseries have installed air purifiers as well as “dust-free rooms” for the safety of young children. The Ministry of Public Health said 50 districts in Bangkok recorded the most dangerous levels of PM2.5 on Wednesday. Its level is well above the WHO recommendation. In such a situation, particles present in the air can enter the blood. According to the government’s pollution control department, PM2.5 levels have exceeded the safe limit in most parts of Bangkok for the past three days. The situation was even worse in the northern city of Chiang Mai. There are more agricultural areas here. Farmers burn straw during the year which has further increased the smog.

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