Work-from-home Order Issued As Thai City Tops World Pollution Table
Faizan Hashmi Published April 07, 2023 | 02:30 PM
Chiang Mai, Thailand, April 7 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 7th Apr, 2023 ) :Thailand's Chiang Mai was ranked the world's most polluted city on Friday, with authorities urging people to work from home to avoid the hazardous air.
Smoke from forest fires and farmers burning crop stubble has blanketed the popular tourist destination in recent weeks.
Thailand has been choking on heavy air pollution since the start of the year, caused in part by seasonal agricultural burning.
Nearly two million people have needed hospital treatment for respiratory conditions caused by air pollution this year, according to the public health ministry.
Levels of the most dangerous PM2.5 particles -- so tiny they can enter the bloodstream -- were more than 66 times the World Health Organization's annual guideline, according to IQAir.
Forest fires have contributed to the problem.
"The number of tourists has dropped by 20 percent," he said.
After his talks with his Laotian counterpart Sonexay Siphandone and Myanmar junta leader Min Aung Hlaing, Prayut's office said he would push for discussion of cross-border pollution at the next summit of regional bloc ASEAN.