Saturday , April 13 2024

This city of Thailand wrapped in a blanket of smoke, the government declared emergency; Appeal to work from home


Bangkok: The New Year has started with a healthy atmosphere in Bangkok, Thailand. The city, popular among tourists, has been engulfed in smog as pollution levels have crossed the healthy limits of air quality by almost 15 times. The issue also poses an immediate threat to public health.

Air monitoring company IQAir on Thursday placed Bangkok among the world's top 10 most polluted cities. It also suggested that worrying levels of pollution in the populous city would persist for a few more days, leaving city officials struggling to find an immediate solution. Even Changmai is facing similar problem of worsening pollution levels.

The Bangkok city administration urged companies in the city to implement work from home for employees on Thursday and Friday. About 115 companies are placed under the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. City Governor Chadchart Citypunt has already announced that city employees will work from home.

“I would like to seek the support of the BMA network of approximately 151 companies and organisations, both government offices and the private sector,” Chadchart Citypaint said. Air pollution has become a hot topic in Thailand due to frequent recurrences. Thailand faces a severe air pollution crisis in the early months of every year due to burning of farm stubble.

Industrial emissions and vehicle exhaust smoke are also responsible for the problem. Thailand's new government, led by Prime Minister Shretha Thavisin, promised to implement immediate solutions to stop the crisis. A draft of the Clean Air Act was approved by the Cabinet last month, suggesting the law is not too far from reality.