Bangkok On Red Alert : Bangkok Citizens & Tourists Cough Up Blood As City Is Blanketed In Thick Smog Haze - No More Songkran? - The Coverage
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Bangkok On Red Alert : Bangkok Citizens & Tourists Cough Up Blood As City Is Blanketed In Thick Smog Haze – No More Songkran?

Bangkok has been hit by a thick smog so bad that residents have been coughing and sneezing up blood.

The city’s pollution problem has got to such a state that even pets are suffering from illnesses caused by the smog.

A thick cloud of toxic smog made up of dangerous PM2.5 particles has become lodged in people’s lungs and blanketed the Thai capital for the last fortnight.

Experts have warned that the long term cost of the pollution caused by vehicles, construction projects, burning crops and street food BBQs could run into tens of millions of dollars.

But as pictures posted on social media by citizens show, residents and animals have already been badly affected – sneezing and coughing blood into their face masks.

Office worker, Nutthawut Sirichainarumit, shared a photo of blood in his hand which came out after he sneezed on January 15 saying that it was caused by the dust clouds.

He said: ‘Two days ago, my nose was hurt when breathing. I sneezed all night and it was the even worse when my sneeze had blood the next morning.

‘I was totally shocked because I never sneezed blood before in my entire life. I believe the dust is to blame.’

Another local, Seine Premmanuspaisal, was shocked to be diagnosed with a lung infection after vomiting and coughing in blood for three days as he never had a history of respiratory disease before.

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He said: ‘The polluted air also brings germs and viruses that gradually affect our bodies. Even though you think you’re healthy, this horrible environment is going to disturb you in some way.’

The Thai government has closed 439 schools and taken increasingly bizarre steps to try and fight the pollution – including today flying drones to spray water. But the smog has continued.

On Tuesday an asthma patient living the city was sent to the hospital’s intensive care unit with acute bronchitis and hypoxaemia after his eyes were critically bleeding.

Khun Songsamut said: ‘I felt like I was going to die. This is because of the pollution. Something must be done.’

The Bangkok haze has continued to worsen and dozens of cases of sick animals have emerged.

A veterinarian from Pet & Aquatic Animal Hospital said the owner of a rabbit named Jubuu brought her pet to the hospital with blood on its nose.

The vet posted onlin said: ‘Jubuu has a history of chronic dust allergy and she cannot stop sneezing.

‘We look into her nose with a microscope and her nasal cavity is red and swollen.’

Jubuu’s owner, Oil, and the vet agreed that it must have been poor air pollution because her house was covered with the smog for weeks.

Many pet owners were not aware that it could affect their beloved animals. A week ago, a female poodle was taken to the emergency after losing her voice for several days.

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The X-ray film showed her lungs, trachea, and alveoli were covered with dust causing the breathing difficulty and vocal cord infection.

The owner said: ‘I never leave her outside for a long time but the dust must come through the window I always open for her while she is staying inside.

‘I hope the story of my dog will alert people about how terrible the pollution is. The dust problem has been going on for a while now and we have no idea when it is going to fade away. All we have to do is protect ourselves and our loved ones.’

Bangkok’s governor today appealed for help to battle the toxic smog shrouding the capital as the deployment of drones left Bangkok residents unimpressed.

The murky haze has led to criticism from the public over the government’s response, which has veered from playing down the problem to abruptly shutting schools.

Authorities have seeded clouds to provoke rain, sprayed overpasses with water to catch micro-pollutants, and even urged people not to burn incense ahead of Chinese New Year.

Troops have also been asked to inspect factories across the country.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang compounded the sense of frustration by calling on ‘all sectors’ to find a solution.

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‘I don’t know everything, so I’m inviting everyone to help,’ he said Thursday, in response to questions from reporters about the effectiveness of the drones.

‘If we do nothing, people will criticise us for not taking any action.’

His plea comes a day after he declared Bangkok a ‘control area’, closing hundreds of schools until Friday and announcing a ban on cars that use diesel and burning of any kind within the city.

The murky haze has led to criticism from the public over the government’s response, which has veered from playing down the problem to abruptly shutting schools.

Authorities have seeded clouds to provoke rain, sprayed overpasses with water to catch micro-pollutants, and even urged people not to burn incense ahead of Chinese New Year.

Troops have also been asked to inspect factories across the country.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang compounded the sense of frustration by calling on ‘all sectors’ to find a solution.

‘I don’t know everything, so I’m inviting everyone to help,’ he said Thursday, in response to questions from reporters about the effectiveness of the drones.

‘If we do nothing, people will criticise us for not taking any action.’

His plea comes a day after he declared Bangkok a ‘control area’, closing hundreds of schools until Friday and announcing a ban on cars that use diesel and burning of any kind within the city.

Source : Daily Mail

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