Masks On! Bangkok smog is back from the holidays

Photo: @NtpTsw / Twitter
Photo: @NtpTsw / Twitter

Not a good morning, Bangkok. 

Only a few weeks since it last turned the sky into soup, heavy smog returned to the capital in force Wednesday.

Air quality had fallen to a very “unhealthy” score of 185 as of 10am, according to AirVisual, making Bangkok the fourth most-polluted city in the world, after Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Kolkata, India; and Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

According to the Pollution Control Department, the smog will linger through Friday. Until then, everyone should mask up when they go outside. 

The government blamed a high-pressure weather front and vehicle emissions. In October, transportation officials announced that they would strictly enforce vehicle emissions limits to cut the unhealthy smog.


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