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Ministry reports air quality improvement

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An aerial view of clearer skies in Phnom Penh. KT/Pann Rachana

The Environment Ministry has reported the Kingdom’s air quality is steadily improving after they issued a letter on Friday calling on citizens to reduce air pollution.

On Friday, the ministry said experts recorded high levels of particular matter 2.5 at 60 ug/m3.

Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra yesterday said “The air quality in Phnom Penh and all the provinces seems to be gradually improving. The level of PM2.5 is now back to 50 ug/m3 as of today which is considered safe.”

He said air quality is affected by forest fires and burning debris and ministry officials will continue to monitor the situation.

“Despite the air quality getting better, our experts are continuing to regularly follow ministry instructions,” Mr Pheaktra said. “An increase of [PM2.5] is not unique to Cambodia – other countries in the region are experiencing the same due to the current dry climate in the Mekong sub-region.”

Prime Minister Hun Sen earlier this month ordered government officials to reduce pollution produced by factories, vehicles, forest fires and waste burning at construction sites.

Krun Sopharina, a 45-year-old resident of Phnom Penh, yesterday said: “I was worried and concerned when I heard this information – especially since my children are exposed to the pollution attending school every day.” Ms Sopharina added she will buy face masks for her family to wear when they leave home.

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