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    Thailand: Air quality levels in Chiang Mai reaches unhealthy levels
    19th April 2016

    Image via @RichardBarrow / TwitterThe Nation, thousands in the city have developed health issues due to the smog.

    It was reported that from April 3 to 9, up to 447 patients had inflamed eyes, while 8,747 had heart problems, 4,638 had respiratory disorders, and 539 had skin issues.
    Top view is of Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai taken today. Except you cannot actually see it due to the smog (Pic CCDC FB) pic.twitter.com/pHTUFJkPifApril 19, 2016

    Tests conducted by the Chiang Mai University revealed that the amount of small dust particulates measuring less than 10 microns in diameter (PM10) had exceeded the limit considered safe, which is set at 120 micrograms per cubic meter of air.

    According to the tests, which collected samples from four locations, the PM10 amount ranged between 131 to 163 micrograms per cubic meter.

    As a result, authorities have advised the public to wear facial masks while outdoors and to reduce their exposure to the air outside, particularly for the elderly and young children.

    Health warning for Chiang Mai: Children & elderly people should wear a mask & avoid outside activities #Thailand pic.twitter.com/iCT5zop8pYApril 19, 2016

    However, the surgical masks commonly seen in use do not protect wearers from fine particulates present in smoke or haze.

    Instead, it is recommended that those who wish to protect themselves against the smog should acquire disposable respirators.

    The haze is a fairly common occurrence in northern Thailand, as from February to April, the corn fields in the mountainous region are cleared for new crops.

    Locals, however, have had enough and are organizing a rally calling on farmers to stop the burning, which is scheduled to take place this Sunday on April 24.

    asiancorrespondent.com
    http://thailandchatter.com/showthrea...ll=1#post45112

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    for followers of MTD you will be up set to know that is where MTD has moved to to be with his gick (i assume) CMN not saying its is a fact but as my my gick, bill myer would say i know its true.

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      Originally posted by Mid View Post

      The haze is a fairly common occurrence in northern Thailand, as from February to April, the corn fields in the mountainous region are cleared for new crops
      The poisonous smog is actually a fairly recent occurrence. It stated after the upland farmers began growing corn to sell to gasohol distilleries about ten years ago. Before that the hot season was clear skies.
      I visited TC a few times as a guest but had to stop. It is a sickening place. - Aging One

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