PHNOM PENH, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) — Cambodia said on Monday that the air quality in the kingdom has not been affected by smog in neighboring Thailand.
“The Ministry of Environment would like to underline that so far, air quality in Cambodia has not been affected by the impact of air pollution that has occurred in the neighboring country,” said a statement posted on its Facebook.
“Air quality in Cambodia is good and the particles in the air are normal, so there is nothing to be concerned about,” Ministry of Environment’s spokesman Neth Pheaktra said in the statement.
The statement also appealed to the people not to worry about air quality in the kingdom, saying that the ministry closely monitored and assessed it in every 24 hours.
The statement came after a fake Facebook post last week that claimed that Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, is also hit by smog drifted from Thailand and warned people to wear masks.
On Thursday last week, the Cambodian Embassy in Thailand issued a statement, advising migrant workers living there to protect themselves from air pollution which has reached PM2.5 in the air quality index.
The statement said smog in Bangkok and several provinces such as Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Nonthaburi, and Nakhon Pathom has hit the PM2.5 level when microscopic particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter can be lodged deep into the lungs and be passed on to other organs.
“The Cambodian Embassy would like to appeal to all Cambodians who are present in Thailand to take care of your health and wear N95 protective masks,” it said.