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Bangkok schools affected by smog reopen Thursday

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Bangkok schools affected by smog reopen Thursday

The 437 schools ordered closed by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) on Wednesday have reopened Thursday after air quality in the capital improved slightly, Bangkok Post reported.

Pol Capt Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, a BMA spokesman said all 437 city schools ordered to close for one day on Wednesday will reopen.

“The air quality in Bangkok has improved to a level at which we can order schools to reopen. Only 12 areas showed high levels of [particulate matter] PM2.5 and we expect the situation to improve from tomorrow as weather and wind will help disperse dust,” said Pol Capt Pongsakorn.

The BMA, however, will provide air purifiers for schools located in areas with high levels of PM2.5.

The BMA also adjusted work hours of its officials to 10am to 6pm from 8.30am to 4.30pm, in a bid to reduce traffic congestion — a major cause of air pollution.

Read more at Bangkok Post

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