BANGKOK, Feb 16 – Thailand has imposed three-month no-burning rule in a bid to curb wildfire and haze in the country.
In a statement, Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister and Acting Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri said Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha is closely monitoring the haze and wildfire situation in the country, and has ordered all parties to observe a no-burning rule from now until April 30.
Those who violate the rule will be penalised, he said without elaborating further.
“The prime minister has ordered all concerned agencies to take action accordingly to protect properties and prevent losses.
“Related agencies are also urged to work proactively to create public awareness. If the situation does not improve, (a) plan adjustment will be necessary to beef up related measures,” the statement read.
The Pollution Control Department (PCD) has indicated that the northern region of Thailand is expected to experience air pollution levels exceeding safety limits, and will remain under close surveillance until Feb 19.
Forest fire was also reported in Chiang Mai early this week. The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation have deployed helicopters to combat the forest fires.