SONGKHLA, 19 September 2019 (NNT) - The forest fire haze from Indonesia has covered Songkhla. The PM 2.5 value was measured at 230 micrograms per cubic meter, which is a threat to health. People are strongly advised to refrain from outdoor activities and wear the N95 masks when they are outdoors.
The average hourly concentration value of PM 2.5 was higher than 230 micrograms per cubic meter on September 18 at 4 p.m., due to haze covering the entire lower southern region, especially in Hat Yai district, Songkhla province. The haze has reduced visibility. The haze situation is considered the worst for the past three years.
Therefore, people are strongly advised to refrain from outdoor activities, wear the N95 masks when they are outdoors and take care of their health. If they have any health symptoms, such as coughing, shortness of breath, conjunctivitis, chest pain, headache, irregular heartbeat, nausea or fatigue, they should consult a doctor immediately.
Yala Governor Anuchit Trakoolmuthuta, has sent urgent letters to District Chief Officers, Muang Yala District Mayor, Sateng Nok District Mayor and Betong District Mayor to inform people of the air quality in the area and how to be safe as the haze from Sumatra island, Indonesia, has begun to affect people’s health.
The haze was been caused by the change in the wind direction to the Southeast.