Classes at 400 public Bangkok schools canceled due to smog

Photo: Aswin Kwanmuang / FB
Photo: Aswin Kwanmuang / FB

More than 400 public schools will be closed tomorrow due to the thick, unhealthy smog which has blanketed Bangkok daily for weeks.

City Hall announced late Tuesday afternoon the order to suspend classes at all 437 schools overseen by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. The closure is, for now, only for one day: Wednesday.

Whether the schools will reopen Thursday depends upon the weather conditions, according to City Hall spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang.

This morning, Saint Dominic School, a private school on New Petchaburi Road, announced it would close three days — Wednesday through Friday — due to the pollution.

Filthy skies and high levels of hazardous micro-particulate air pollution returned with a vengeance with the New Year, hitting a level exceeding “unhealthy” every day since, according to pollution monitoring site AirVisual.

The government blamed a high-pressure weather front and vehicle emissions. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul proposed that private sector employees should be able to work from home to curb vehicle emissions.

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