NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured the severe air pollution over Thailand.

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For more than a month, northern Thailand has been experiencing unhealthy, elevated levels of smoke and air pollution. The thick haze is a result of wildfires and prescribed burning by farmers clearing their land for the planting season. Meteorologists expect the unhealthy air quality to last into May. This is a combination of the haze caused by farming wildfires and the air pollution, but the latter is more significant. On the back of strong economic growth, Thailand has been choking on air pollution. Bangkok’s air quality has fallen to harmful levels with the quantity of unsafe dust particles, known as PM2.5, exceeding what is considered safe in 41 areas around the capital, according to the country’s Department of Pollution Control. On January 31, 2019, Thailand’s Ministry of Education has ordered all schools in Bangkok and some surrounding provinces to close for the remainder of the week amid concerns over dangerous levels of air pollution.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: JETRO

Reference: Unhealthy Smoke Over Thailand (NASA Earth Observatory)
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