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Schools Shut For a Week as Air Quality Chokes Thai Capital

World | Reuters | January 31, 2019, 1:24 pm
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 Choking air pollution has prompted schools to close in the Thai capital for the rest of the week and people celebrating next week's Lunar New Year holiday were urged to curb the use of incense and fireworks. Air quality in Bangkok is hovering at unhealthy levels as the number of hazardous dust particles known as PM 2.5 exceeded the safe level in 41 areas around the capital, according to the Department of Pollution Control.<br /><br />The sunset is seen during a poor air quality day in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Choking air pollution has prompted schools to close in the Thai capital for the rest of the week and people celebrating next week's Lunar New Year holiday were urged to curb the use of incense and fireworks. Air quality in Bangkok is hovering at unhealthy levels as the number of hazardous dust particles known as PM 2.5 exceeded the safe level in 41 areas around the capital, according to the Department of Pollution Control.

The sunset is seen during a poor air quality day in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Students wear masks as they wait to be picked up, as classes in over 400 Bangkok schools have been cancelled due to worsening air pollution, at a public school in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

Students wear masks as they wait to be picked up, as classes in over 400 Bangkok schools have been cancelled due to worsening air pollution, at a public school in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

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 Traffic is seen during a poor air quality day in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Traffic is seen during a poor air quality day in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Students wear masks as they wait to be picked up, as classes in over 400 Bangkok schools have been cancelled due to worsening air pollution, at a public school in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

Students wear masks as they wait to be picked up, as classes in over 400 Bangkok schools have been cancelled due to worsening air pollution, at a public school in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

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 Students and their parents wear masks outside a public school, in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

Students and their parents wear masks outside a public school, in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

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 A student wears a mask as he waits to be picked up in Bangkok., Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

A student wears a mask as he waits to be picked up in Bangkok., Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 The skyline is seen through polluted air, as classes in over 400 Bangkok schools have been cancelled, due to the worsening air quality in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

The skyline is seen through polluted air, as classes in over 400 Bangkok schools have been cancelled, due to the worsening air quality in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

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 People wear masks as they commute after work in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

People wear masks as they commute after work in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

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 A student and his father wear masks outside a public school in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

A student and his father wear masks outside a public school in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Students and their parents wear masks outside a public school, as classes in over 400 Bangkok schools have been cancelled due to worsening air pollution, in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

Students and their parents wear masks outside a public school, as classes in over 400 Bangkok schools have been cancelled due to worsening air pollution, in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

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 The sunset is seen during a poor air quality day in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

The sunset is seen during a poor air quality day in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 A student wears a mask as he waits to be picked up at a public school in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

A student wears a mask as he waits to be picked up at a public school in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

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 The sunset is seen during a poor air quality day in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

The sunset is seen during a poor air quality day in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 A student wears a mask as he waits to be picked up in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

A student wears a mask as he waits to be picked up in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

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 Traffic is seen during a poor air quality day in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Traffic is seen during a poor air quality day in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 A student wears a mask as he waits to be picked up, as classes in over 400 Bangkok schools have been cancelled due to worsening air pollution, at a public school in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

A student wears a mask as he waits to be picked up, as classes in over 400 Bangkok schools have been cancelled due to worsening air pollution, at a public school in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Students wear masks as they wait to be picked up, as classes in over 400 Bangkok schools have been cancelled due to worsening air pollution, at a public school in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

Students wear masks as they wait to be picked up, as classes in over 400 Bangkok schools have been cancelled due to worsening air pollution, at a public school in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

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 The sunset is seen during a poor air quality day in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

The sunset is seen during a poor air quality day in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Students and their parents wear masks outside a public school in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

Students and their parents wear masks outside a public school in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

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 A student wears a mask as she waits to be picked up at a public school in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

A student wears a mask as she waits to be picked up at a public school in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

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 The sunset is seen during a poor air quality day in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

The sunset is seen during a poor air quality day in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 A student wears a mask as he waits to be picked up at a public school in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

A student wears a mask as he waits to be picked up at a public school in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

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 Students wear masks as they wait to be picked up, as classes in over 400 Bangkok schools have been cancelled due to worsening air pollution, at a public school in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

Students wear masks as they wait to be picked up, as classes in over 400 Bangkok schools have been cancelled due to worsening air pollution, at a public school in Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

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 The skyline is seen through polluted air due in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

The skyline is seen through polluted air due in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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