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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    Prime Minister flies north for smog crisis talks
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    Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont will fly to Chiang Mai on Thursday to see for himself the smoke and haze now described as Thailand's worst airborne environmental disaster.

    He is to escort royal supplies to be distributed to victims of the haze which is choking the northern provinces.

    Chiang Rai Governor Amornpan Nimanant declared natural disaster areas in 16 districts and two subdistricts because of the smog.

    He did not immediately say what his plans were. But declaring a disaster means he can dispense aid on an emergency basis, with little paperwork or involvement by the central government.

    There is widespread criticism of the cabinet decision on Tuesday to give the smog problem another week to clear up before the government takes any action.

    Dust particles caused by forest fires in this northern province have risen to their highest concentration in two weeks, measured Wednesday at nearly 400 microgrammes per cubic metre.

    The highest level was measured at 383 microgrammes per cubic metre at Yupparatch Wittayalai in the provincial seat, compared to the health standard of a maximum of 120 microgrammes per cubic metre.

    The regional environmental office reported the figure to the government, but solutions were not necessarily in sight.

    The mayor of Chiang Mai municipality said the city is urging residents to spray water into the air by hoses to reduce dust particles and to increase moisture in the atmosphere.

    The municipality is turning on fountains around the city, at historic moats and at other sites.

    The province has banned all outdoor fires and has accelerated the activities of forest fire response teams, including using fire engines to spray water throughout residential areas to reduce the effects of the concentrated pollution.

    Akkhanee Moonmek of the Love Chiang Mai Group said that the government's response was too slow to deal with the problem. "It ignored the problem and adopted a wait-and-see policy," he said
    critically, suggesting the response was too little, too late.

    He said the government should ban fires and declare an environmental emergency. It should also warn local residents of the health hazards posed by the dust.

    The numbers of patients suffering from respiratory diseases has increased markedly throughout the region.

    Dr. Pisit Sriprasert at Nan's provincial hospital said about 160 patients per day are visiting his hospital.

    Nan forest fire control chief Muangman Kerdnana said the seasonal fires were expected to be critical due to severe drought. His firefighters are prepared to work around the clock, but are short
    of necessary equipment for the numbers of workers needed.

    Mai Sai district hospital director Dr. Sura Khunkongkhapan in Chiang Rai said many villagers are suffering from smoke-related respiratory diseases.

    Patients from Thailand and Myanmar crossing the nearby border are coming to the hospital by as many as 100-200 people daily. Most of the patients are the elderly and children.

    Northern region weather chief Thatsanee Chaichiengpin said a southwesterly wind is expected to move into the northern provinces and will increase humidity, coupled with artificial rain-making to help wash out the haze.

    Royal rain-making operations centre director Somchai Ruangsutthinaruepab said that two more aircraft will fly Thursday, joining Royal Thai Air Force planes already in use to coax the rain daily since Friday March 9, he added.

    The rain-making operations have not yet succeeded, he said, because smoke from the forest fires are rising as high as 10,000 feet.

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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    For once in my life I am happy not to be in Chiangmai!
    Really feel for all those that are though.
    To be happy with where you are, first be happy with who you are.

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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    North to hasten Songkran to fight haze
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    Chiang Mai Municipality plans to bring forward the annual Songkran celebration two weeks earlier with the hope that the water splashing festival would reduce haze and dust particles in the northern provinces.

    Chiang Mai governor Boonlert Buranupakorn said the haze-fighting idea came upon him after the municipality effectively used water trucks to increase dampness and reduce dust particles on Wednesday. This prompted him to hasten the Songkran celebration - from April 13 to April 1.

    Dust particles smaller than 10 microns were measured at 260.5 per cubic metre (ug/ cu m) Thursday, down from 383 ug/ cu m on Wednesday.

    Mr Boonlert added that the municipality ordered 50,000 more of the protective masks that will be distributed to the locals, especially the children, the old and the sick to protect them from smokey haze which resulted from local farmers burning off vegetation at the end of the dry season to enrich soil to prepare for the rainy season.

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    Haze may be killing northern tourism

    (TNA) – The widespread haze and dust particles choking the northern region of Thailand is having a direct impact both on public health and local economic activities, particularly tourism and related services, according to the Kasikorn Research Centre.

    The leading think tank projected the incident would reduce the amount of currency in circulation in tourism and related services in upper northern provinces of Chieng Mai, Chiang Rai, and Mae Hong Son in March and April by around 2 billion baht (about $65.5 million) or 25 per cent of the total.

    It said the smaller number of tourists would lead to a decline in spending in March and April during which there are long holidays in many festivals such as Songkran or the Thai New Year.

    The haze and dust particles have choked many provinces in the Upper North in the past two weeks.

    The situation, the most critical in nine years, stemmed partly from El Nino, an abnormal warming of the globe, which caused raging forest fire in many areas of the North.

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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    this is Dream, Mat's girlfriend, borrowing his account!!!!!
    i have a house in ฝาง (fang) i think there it is nice and hardly any pollution too
    if you want to get away from the pollution i would reccomend paying a visit to fang!!!
    just my 2 สตางค์ (satang)

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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    Yah and I heard that it's cooling also. How come ah? Can anyone comment on this? How come while every other places have become hotter, Fang can still be cooling and very nao mahk as commented by my friend in Fang.
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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    I think maybe because in Fang there's not very much traffic. That's why nao mahk. So have you been there?

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    Re: Chiang Mai air pollution worsens

    Burmese army vows strict fire controls on its side of border

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    Chiang Mai _ Burmese army officers have given assurances they will beef up forest fire control operations on their territory to help reduce haze across Thailand's northern region. Burmese soldiers patrolling along the Thai-Burmese border had been instructed to strictly control burning activities in forested areas. Those found setting fires in forests would be punished, Puchong Insomphun, a Chiang Mai environmental official, quoted a senior Burmese military officer as saying.

    The move comes in response to a Thai request a few days ago after state environmental officials observed that the thick smoke shrouding the northern provinces over the past two weeks had coincided with an increase in forest fires in neighbouring countries, including Burma.

    Chandee Puangprasart, a motorcycle taxi driver in Mae Hong Son's Mae Sariang district close to the Burmese border, said residents there smelled the smoke from the Burmese side every time the wind blew from the west.

    Meanwhile, the air pollution in all eight affected provinces had dissipated slightly as of yesterday.

    In Chiang Mai, the level of particulate matter (PM-10) was measured at 184 microgrammes per cubic metre (ug/cu m), down from the record-high of 383 ug/cu m on March 14, according to the Pollution Control Department. However, it is still beyond the acceptable maximum standard of 120 ug/cu m.

    Now that the thick haze has begun to disappear from Chiang Mai, people are able to glimpse the clouds once again.

    But the Public Health Ministry has estimated that as many as 500,000 people in the eight northern provinces could have been affected by the smoke. So far, about 2,000 Chiang Mai residents have entered hospital for respiratory ailments, a surge of 20% over last year's figure.

    Paisan Kuwalairat, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry's inspector-general, said forest fire control units had successfully doused blazes in several locations.

    There have been a total of 939 bush fires, which have razed some 6,000 rai of forested areas in Chiang Mai since October of last year.

    Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont yesterday instructed the Defence Ministry to use C130 aircraft to shower 18 tonnes of water over haze-covered areas in the North to further ease the situation.

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