Bangkok sprays water to diffuse choking smog

World | 31 Jan 2019 3:26 pm

A fleet of drones, trucks and small planes are spraying water to try to reduce dust around Bangkok while the governor invited critics to brainstorm better ideas to improve the air quality in the Thai capital.

This came as thousands of Chinese are heading for Bangkok from cities including Hong Kong for the Lunar New Year holidays. Bangkok is a popular destination for Hong Kong travelers.

Unhealthy levels of air pollution forced city schools to close yesterday for the rest of week, and the Public Health Ministry is advising against outdoor activities.

Bangkok's governor, Police Gen. Asawin Kwanmuang, said today drones are not a long-term solution but he thinks every bit of effort helps. At a morning news conference, he said critics calling the drones a meaningless stunt would otherwise criticize him for doing nothing.

Asawin invited private-sector experts and academics to share ideas, saying: "Those are knowledgeable on this issue don't give opinions to others, tell me.'' -AP

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