Bangkok Authorities Say Work From Home as Pollution Blankets the City

In response to the deteriorating air quality in the Thai capital, Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt said that agencies under the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) would operate from home, he also urged private companies to implement remote work for the coming days.

The city’s Pollution Control Department has also forecasted a further deterioration in PM2.5 levels in Bangkok and its vicinity between February 15 and 17, attributing the unhealthy air quality to stagnant weather conditions. The air quality in 39 provinces across Thailand also exceeded safe levels.

According to air-quality monitoring website IQAir, Thailand’s capital Bangkok and the northern city of Chiang Mai were ranked as the ninth and 21st most polluted cities in the world respectively on Thursday (February 15).

In the early months of the year air quality in Thailand regularly degrades as smoke from farmers burning stubble in the fields mixes with industrial emissions and vehicle exhaust fumes.

The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Gistda), a Thai space agency and space research organisation, detected a total of 1,097 hotspots nationwide on February 13.

Satellite images from the Suomi NPP Satellite showed 294 hotspots in protected forests, 277 in national reserved forests, 223 in agricultural areas, 151 in Agricultural Reform Lands, 135 in community and other areas, and 17 along highways.