Wednesday 12 December 2018

Bangkok’s temples and towering buildings shrouded in smog

Concentrations of tiny particles that are a benchmark measure of air quality were almost double the levels considered safe, experts said.

A thick smog hangs over Bangkok (AP)
A thick smog hangs over Bangkok (AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A cloud of unhealthy haze has settled across the Thai capital Bangkok, shrouding the gilded temples and towering buildings that draw millions of tourists to the city each year.

The country’s Pollution Control Department said concentrations of tiny particles known as PM 2.5 that are a benchmark measure of air quality were almost double the levels considered safe.

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The elevated train passes in front of Lumpini Park covered in a thick layer of smog in Bangkok (AP)

Many Bangkok commuters could be seen sporting surgical masks, while some schools issued warnings about the poor air quality and cancelled outdoor activities

Pollution officials blamed high humidity for contributing to the haze, while environmentalists cited the capital’s famously traffic-choked streets.

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