The pollution problem has stirred widespread health fears and taken on a political edge just weeks before elections.
Though the pollution levels are dangerously high, it is well below the Indian capital New Delhi
The average AQI in Bangkok is 150 compared to 323 in New Delhi.
exhaust from traffic,
and pollution from factories
Though precautions were taken by the Authorities to curb air pollution such as
cloud seeding to provoke rain,
and sprayed overpasses with water to catch micro-pollutants
Recently, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration ordered all the public schools to shut due to issued health warnings
"The situation will be bad until Feb 3 to 4, so I decided to close schools," said Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang, adding he hoped the move would also empty the road of cars on the school run.