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South Thailand hit by haze, but levels safe

BANGKOK — Haze from forest fires in Sumatra is blanketing several provinces in the south of Thailand, but the air pollution level is still under the safety limit of 120 microgrammes per cubic metre, according to the 16th Regional Environment Office (REO) in Songkhla.

NASA satellite image from Sept 24 shows smoke from fires in Indonesia over the coasts of Borneo and Sumatra with Singapore barely visible on the left. Photo: NASA

NASA satellite image from Sept 24 shows smoke from fires in Indonesia over the coasts of Borneo and Sumatra with Singapore barely visible on the left. Photo: NASA

BANGKOK — Haze from forest fires in Sumatra is blanketing several provinces in the south of Thailand, but the air pollution level is still under the safety limit of 120 microgrammes per cubic metre, according to the 16th Regional Environment Office (REO) in Songkhla.

Mr Halem Chemarikan, director of the 16th REO, said Hat Yai was hardest hit today (Oct 4) with the particulate matter in the air measured at 108 microgrammes per cubic metre, down from 136 at 8pm yesterday.

Surat Thani, Phuket, Narathiwat, Yala and Satun were also covered with haze, but at an average level of 80 microgrammes per cubic metres, well below the safety limit of 120.

Mr Halem said the haze situation was being closely monitored by his office.

Children and the elderly with respiratory problems should wear a mask and refrain from going outdoors, he said. BANGKOK POST

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