Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha directed Bangkok’s governor to order the closure of 437 city-controlled public schools on Wednesday after officials said the pollution would continue until next Monday.
He added “We decided to eliminate the problem by closing down the schools,” said Asawin Kwanmuang, the city’s governor. “We’re afraid that it can be dangerous for the children.”
However, Thailand is set to hold an election on march 24 and the opposition parties has reacted to the hazardous air pollution, stating “I don’t see serious measures being taken,” tweeted Chaturon Chaisang, a key member of the Thai Raksa Chart party, tasking for more to be done beyond the school closures.
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A source confirmed that authorities have seeded clouds to provoke rain, sprayed overpasses with water to catch micro-pollutants and even asked people not to burn incense sticks and paper during Chinese New Year celebrations.
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