Published on : Thursday, January 17, 2019
For four continuous days, Bangkok’s pollution remained at harmful levels (over 150 US AQI) on Monday Jan. 14. Due to weather patterns, the situation will persist for another month as per the experts. Tourists have been advised by The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to take precautions as necessary and monitor Bangkok’s air pollution. Artificial rain will be introduced to improve the Bangkok Air Quality Index.
People wearing masks became a common sight in inner areas of the capital as visitors were greeted by thick smog forcing them to consider face masks to protect against dirty air.
The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation will attempt to create artificial rain over the city from Jan. 15 to curb the city’s air pollution. Bangkok’s air pollution threatens the health of both the tourists and residents.
TAT will continue to assess the overall situation and issue timely updates as appropriate while assuring all that the relevant Thai authorities are doing everything possible to minimize the impact of the smog on visitors from abroad as well as residents.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) quoted the Pollution Control Department as saying that the timing for artificial rain would depend on humidity and wind direction.