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Chiang Mai Having World’s Highest Pollution Levels


A report from IQAir, a global air quality index website, has found Chiang Mai province as having the world’s highest pollution levels. With an air quality index (AQI) of 208 at 1:36 p.m. today, Chiang Mai is in the purple category, experiencing a severe health impact on its residents.

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has addressed the ongoing air pollution crisis in Chiang Mai province, stating that although the city continues to rank globally for PM2.5 levels, there has been a significant reduction by a third in comparison to previous years.

Expressing his support for those working to combat the issue, the prime minister highlighted the next 45 days as a critical period that demands utmost vigilance and the application of strict measures to mitigate the problem. He also pointed out the necessity for serious negotiations concerning cross-border haze from neighboring countries.

During his visit to Chiang Mai on March 16, Srettha observed the efforts being made to prevent and resolve the problems of wildfires, haze, and PM2.5 pollution. His visit took place at the meeting room of the Mae Faek – Mae Ngud Somboon Chon water distribution and maintenance project in Mae Taeng district.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.


Goongnang Suksawat

Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.

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