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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    Do you have a sense of whether the air pollution is worse than it was in 2000? Is it worse all over? Should I worry about it, if I go this year?

    I remember seeing people using these little cartridges filled with menthol or mint maybe, that they would sniff every now and then. I bought one, and wasn't sure what the purpose of it was. Is it supposed to give you relief from car exhaust?

    (The band Bazoo had some some song about how heavy the traffic was and that they needed smelling salts. Because of the traffic?)

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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    they use mint sniffers to ease breathing when they are sick or coughing because of the air. also for carsickness or seasickness.

    I don't think the air is any more polluted than in other big cities in a season without winds/rain.

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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    AIR POLLUTION

    Chiang Mai residents told to stay home and avoid dust
    KULTIDA SAMABUDDHI

    Chiang Mai residents, especially the elderly, children and people with respiratory problems, have been advised to avoid outdoor activities as the city's air pollution has reached a dangerous level. The Pollution Control Department yesterday issued an air pollution warning after its air quality gauging stations in downtown Chiang Mai detected a harmful level of small dust particles.

    The level of dust particles smaller than 10 microns was measured at 197.7 microgrammes per cubic metre (ug/cu m) in the city yesterday, against an acceptable level of 120 ug/cu m.

    ''Chiang Mai's air quality has reached a critical level since last Thursday. We recommend that residents stay home to avoid exposing themselves to small dust particles. All burning activities are also prohibited to reduce the volume of dust released into the air,'' said the warning.

    Residents of Lampang province should also protect themselves from the air pollution as the province also has a very high level of small dust particles, which was measured at 207.7 ug/cu m yesterday.

    Other provinces with high dust levels include Chon Buri (159) and Samut Prakan (121), according to the department.

    Dust particles smaller than 10 microns could enter sensitive internal breathing organs and cause respiratory ailments.

    ''The increasing dust level is a result of widespread forest fires in the northern provinces and in neighbouring countries including Burma, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia,'' said Duangchai Duangthip, a specialist at the Chiang Mai-based northern environmental office.

    Ms Duangchai said Thailand is currently in the peak period for forest fires, resulting in rising levels of small dust particles across the country, but Chiang Mai is worst hit because it is surrounded by mountain ranges.

    The situation has been aggravated by farming activities as many farmers still use the slash-and-burn technique to prepare their land for new crops, said Ms Duangchai.

    The air pollution crisis in the northern city of 1.66 million people is predicted to continue for at least three months.

    In response to the problem, the environmental office opened a call centre to update local air quality reports for residents and concerned agencies. Tambon-level emergency response units have also been set up to crack down on burning activities, which could worsen Chiang Mai's air pollution.

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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    Chiang Mai's air pollution still high

    Air quality in Chiang Mai remains below recommended standards with fine-particle dust levels reaching twice the standard. However, the weather bureau said pollution would ease this week.

    In Huai Thung Thao public park in Mae Rim district joggers reportedly suffered respiratory difficulties from smoke caused by forest fires. Some 400 children and staff at Wiang Ping Children's Home have suffered from eye irritation and coughing for several days.

    Chiang Mai City has been shrouded in smog since March 1. Fine-particle dust levels were between 190 micrograms and 243 micrograms per square metre (mpsm).

    The standard level is 120mpsm.

    The northern centre of the Meteorological Department reported that low-pressure areas from China were trapping forest-fire smoke.

    The smoke is affecting residents, but the department expects the situation to improve this coming week as winds and rain ease weather conditions.

    Chiang Mai mayor Boonlert Buranuprakorn has ordered residents not to incinerate refuse.

    Boonlert said rain-making planned for yesterday had had to be cancelled owing to low humidity and excessive smoke from fires.

    However, royal rain-making office director for the upper North, Somchai Reaungsuthi-nareuparp said cloud-seeding would be attempted again today.

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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    yesterday it was quite windy, clear and nice, Doi Suthep was fully visible, and the city was faintly visible from the top, and the air was clean and fresh halfway up the mountain. today it is horrible again, my eyes are itchy down here in the city. some more winds would be nice. I have severe asthma and I am not suffering badly, the city is not as enjoyable as at other times, and there is a general autumn atmosphere everywhere, but I would encourage people to come if they are on a holiday and have Chiang Mai in their itinerary.

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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    Pollution grows, North needs rain now
    By Bangkok Post reporters

    Aerial surveys conducted over Chiang Mai, including the downtown area, showed it was necessary to begin the artificial rain process as smoke from brushfires was increasing air pollution.

    Preparation is underway to artificially trigger rain over parts of Chiang Mai blanketed by smoke from raging brushfires, according to the artificial rain centre for the Upper North, centre director Somchai Ruengsuthinaruparb said.

    Mr Somchai said a helicopter is expected to be flown over the areas tomorrow to produce the artificial rain, although humidity, an essential element in the artificial rain-making process, is low. The smoke could also hamper the helicopter flight, he said.

    The Pollution Control Department also warned residents to take precautions as the density of small dust particles in the air, which could prove a health hazard, is also rising.

    To make matters worse, the Chiang Mai air pollution hotline last week received almost 200 complaints, the highest number in a single week, of villagers who continued to slash and burn weeds by the roadside.

    Residents engaging in outdoor activities could be seen covering their noses and mouths and there were reports of babies and children at a nursery in the Wiang Ping area suffering with heavy coughs and sore eyes from the smoke.

    In Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai local authorities have mobilised water trucks close to the border with Burma where a bushfire is raging and causing a thick haze.

    The authorities are keeping a close watch on the fire around the clock. The haze is already reducing visibility in large areas of the district and Mae Sai Hospital has warned people to take care when going outdoors.

    The northern meteorological office said a weather system from China has trapped the smoke, preventing it from dissipating. However, the office expects finer weather with stronger winds next week, which could improve the situation.

    In a related development, the chief of the Royal Irrigation Department, Samart Chokkanapitark, said that dams around the country were 78% full, 6% higher than at the same time last year.

    He said there would be enough water for the nine million rai of farmland within the irrigation-accessible areas. Pumps and other drought-alleviation equipment will be made available to owners of the four million rai of farmland outside of the irrigation zones, he said.

    The department's director-general said, however, that key reservoirs in Buri Ram and Uthai Thani were less than 40% full.

    However, problems are not only confined to the North.

    Lower-than-usual rainfall across the South over the past three months is causing a water shortage in provinces along the Andaman coast, such as Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi and Ranong.

    But it is a different story for parts of the East where heavy rains early this month have given a much-needed boost of water supply in the industry-intensive region.

    Mr Samart said drought problems this year would not be as critical as many anticipated because of sufficient water reserves.

    However, Third Fleet commander Vice Admiral Supoj Prueksa said he was not taking any chances. Two boats will shuttle water to islands in case of a water shortage.

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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    Certainly there is no need to cross Chiang Mai off any holiday itinerary-air pollution or no air pollution. This would be a sad error, given all the interesting things one can do or visit up in the hills, within easy distance of the city during the day, if the city air quality is not so good.

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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    that's right - I read about these forest fires but the air is surprisingly clean and fresh on Doi Pui and I guess Doi Inthanon is also a great destination now.

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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    Pollution grows, North needs rain now
    By Bangkok Post reporters

    Aerial surveys conducted over Chiang Mai, including the downtown area, showed it was necessary to begin the artificial rain process as smoke from brushfires was increasing air pollution.

    Preparation is underway to artificially trigger rain over parts of Chiang Mai blanketed by smoke from raging brushfires, according to the artificial rain centre for the Upper North, centre director Somchai Ruengsuthinaruparb said.

    Mr Somchai said a helicopter is expected to be flown over the areas tomorrow to produce the artificial rain, although humidity, an essential element in the artificial rain-making process, is low. The smoke could also hamper the helicopter flight, he said.

    The Pollution Control Department also warned residents to take precautions as the density of small dust particles in the air, which could prove a health hazard, is also rising.

    To make matters worse, the Chiang Mai air pollution hotline last week received almost 200 complaints, the highest number in a single week, of villagers who continued to slash and burn weeds by the roadside.

    Residents engaging in outdoor activities could be seen covering their noses and mouths and there were reports of babies and children at a nursery in the Wiang Ping area suffering with heavy coughs and sore eyes from the smoke.

    In Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai local authorities have mobilised water trucks close to the border with Burma where a bushfire is raging and causing a thick haze.

    The authorities are keeping a close watch on the fire around the clock. The haze is already reducing visibility in large areas of the district and Mae Sai Hospital has warned people to take care when going outdoors.

    The northern meteorological office said a weather system from China has trapped the smoke, preventing it from dissipating. However, the office expects finer weather with stronger winds next week, which could improve the situation.

    In a related development, the chief of the Royal Irrigation Department, Samart Chokkanapitark, said that dams around the country were 78% full, 6% higher than at the same time last year.

    He said there would be enough water for the nine million rai of farmland within the irrigation-accessible areas. Pumps and other drought-alleviation equipment will be made available to owners of the four million rai of farmland outside of the irrigation zones, he said.

    The department's director-general said, however, that key reservoirs in Buri Ram and Uthai Thani were less than 40% full.

    However, problems are not only confined to the North.

    Lower-than-usual rainfall across the South over the past three months is causing a water shortage in provinces along the Andaman coast, such as Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi and Ranong.

    But it is a different story for parts of the East where heavy rains early this month have given a much-needed boost of water supply in the industry-intensive region.

    Mr Samart said drought problems this year would not be as critical as many anticipated because of sufficient water reserves.

    However, Third Fleet commander Vice Admiral Supoj Prueksa said he was not taking any chances. Two boats will shuttle water to islands in case of a water shortage.

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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    Forest fire smoke forces flight delays, cancellations
    THEERAWAT KHAMTHITA

    Thick smoke from forest fires forced several airlines to cancel or postpone domestic flights to Chiang Mai and neighbouring Mae Hong Son provinces yesterday.

    Several flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai were cancelled due to thick smoke shrouding northern provinces. Some Mae Hong Son-bound flights from Bangkok were delayed.

    Sansanee Chaichiangpin, of the Chiang Mai-based Northern Meteorological Centre, said the situation in several northern provinces was getting worse. Visibility was down to 1,500 metres in Chiang Mai, 1,000 metres in Chiang Rai and only 900 metres in Mae Hong Son. Such poor visibility posed a risk to flights in and out of the affected provinces, she said.

    Satellite images showed thick smoke has blanketed wide areas in the North, especially Chiang Mai where bushfires and weed-burning have been blamed for causing the haze. Forest fires have also been spotted near remote northern areas bordering Laos and Burma.

    Ms Sansanee called on residents to stop burning garbage or weeds as the smoke would hamper artificial rain-making operations, set to start this week, which it is hoped will help tackle the haze.

    Some residents of these northern provinces have complained of respiratory problems from the smoke.

    In Chiang Rai, residents have been staying indoors as much as possible, due to thick haze that has been covering large parts of the province for the past week. People living in municipal areas have complained of sore eyes due to the smoke.

    Kamolroj Chiangwong, chief of Chiang Rai's Mae Lao district, yesterday joined 500 residents and local leaders in an oath-taking ceremony swearing they would not cause bushfires.

    Forest fires were yesterday reported near the Burmese town of Tachilek opposite Mae Sai in Chiang Rai district.

    People living along the border have sought medical treatment for smoke-inflicted ailments

    Vichai Thaweepvoradet, mayor of Mae Sai tambon municipality, said the thick smoke has badly affected tourism and cross-border trade between Tachilek and Mae Sai.

    Chiang Rai authorities have threatened to get tough on anyone found lighting forest fires, with the situation in the province becoming critical. So far this year, Chiang Rai has seen the highest number of forest fires in the country

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