Good day, delegates!
Have you heard the news?
According to Nation Multimedia, Bangkok and several areas in its vicinity have been in the grip of air pollution for 5 days straight. The Pollution Control Department (PCD) reported that the amount of particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) in 19 roadside areas exceeded the safety limit of 50 micrograms per cubic metre, while nine other places had levels that could negatively impact health.
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Governor Pol General said city authorities continued to undertake measures to reduce dust particles. He said all the 50 district offices had dispatched workers to spray water and wash roads at risky spots, including the area in front of Din Daeng Police Station, which is among the worst-hit. ( http://bit.ly/2COLzIA )
Agreed with Nation Multimedia, Reuters reported that Air pollution in the Thai capital has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks with residents complaining of smog and respiratory problems. Some schools were closed on Thursday or kept children indoors. Air Quality Index (AQI) formulas usually include up to six main pollutants including PM2.5, PM10, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and ground level ozone.
The Pollution Control Department reported PM2.5 dust in the Bangkok Metropolitan at midday on Thursday and at midday it was measured at 72-95 micrograms per m3, with the likelihood that it would increase. That compares with a World Health Organization (WHO)guideline of an annual average of no more than 10 micrograms. PM 2.5 is a mixture of liquid droplets and solid particles that can include dust, dirt, soot and smoke. ( https://reut.rs/2Ba1Vvn )
Due to the forecast reports, we have decided to provide all delegates of Asia World Model United Nations with an N95 mask type for each. These masks will be allocated on the day of City Tour when you are about to depart to the first destination. We do hope you enjoy the conference and City Tour to the most.
Example of N95 Mask
Thank you for your kind attention and see you in Bangkok!
P.S: To give you a glance of Bangkok’s current Air Quality Index, here we provide you several graphics about it. (Source: AQICN, Air Visual, and Air Plume Labs)