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Authorities have been urged to take the threat of air pollution seriously after Greenpeace revealed average levels of particulate matter with diameter of 2.5 microns or smaller (PM2.5) was higher at all air-quality monitoring stations than World Health Organization (WHO) standards for three years in a row.

Read more: Health problems posed by lack of awareness about air pollution

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File photo: Songkha's Thepha district is under water in November last year.

Similar weather conditions to those that occurred during the nation’s second most severe flooding in 1995 is predicted for this year, according to weather experts. They are warning that an expected “La Nina” condition will bring more rain and storms than usual to Thailand and that increasingly extreme and unpredictable weather should be expected as a result of climate change.

Read more: ‘La Nina’ weather in 2018 increases likelihood of major flooding: experts

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Nine provinces in Southern Thailand are affected by flooding as heavier than usual monsoon rains continue to fall on the area. The storms sweeping across this narrow stretch of land separating the Gulf of Thailand from the Andaman Sea have also affected northern Malaysia.

Read more: Thailand floods: Villagers frustrated over government inaction

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