Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son declared disaster zones

Social Development and Human Securities on Monday declared Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son as disaster zone after air quality in the areas which were blanketed with thick smog was worse.

Minister Paiboon Wattanasiritham said that the decision was made in a meeting in which Pollution Control Department reported that the air quality in these two provinces was worsened by the smoke caused by fire.

The provinces have increasing number of people being sick after inhaling the air.

The ministry will ask cooperation from the army to use helicopter to survey locations where there were still fires in order to minimise the smoke.

"At present, number of people being treated after inhaling the smoke in Mae Hong Song climbed up from 416 to 3,541. In Chiang Mai number of patients caused by the poor quality of air increased from 1,370 to 4,514," the minister said.

The Nation