The extended haze is hitting Thailand’s holiday island of Phuket onerous, with vacationer operators on the island complaining about flight delays and holiday cancellations.
The problem stems from agricultural fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan in Indonesia.
International Affairs Ministry deputy permanent secretary Vitavas Srivihok met with Indonesian Ambassador Lutfi Rauf on Thursday (Oct 8) to debate the issue.
In response to Vitavas, Lutfi said he was sorry and explained that the Indonesian authorities was now taking harsh legal action against those behind the fires.
“Throughout the assembly we instructed the ambassador that Thailand is able to provide help,” he said.
Lutfi mentioned the Indonesian government was attempting its finest to extinguish the fires. “The Indonesian authorities are applying many measures to put out the hearth as our first priority,” the ambassador said.
“We have been irrigating water to the burning peatland, making artificial rain and likewise water bombing the fireplace from above. Greater than 8,000 army personnel have been called to the hearth-extinguish operation,” Lutfi added.
Lutfi mentioned there have been 184 fire circumstances and 223 individuals and corporations are concerned in them, with 78 suspects detained.
“We’re working with international partners particularly within the Asean framework to alleviate the haze scenario,” he said.
Lutfi added that Thailand additionally offered help to Indonesia and he would go on the offer of help to officials in Jakarta.
Lutfi said Indonesian authorities had been seeking bigger plane to carry out the water bombing. The plane ought to have the ability to carry more than 25 tons of water.
No less than three flights from Phuket to Bangkok were delayed on Thursday morning as a result of thick haze that affected visibility at Phuket Worldwide Airport.
All of the flights had been scheduled to depart Phuket earlier than 8.20 a.m., said an airport officer who joined an emergency assembly chaired by the provincial governor. The affected carriers were Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia and Thai Airways International.
Meanwhile, tourism operators mentioned their enterprise have been affected.
Kannapat Wongtikied, who runs the Phuket Sunny Hostel in Muang district, stated about 20 per cent of room reservations had been cancelled in the wake of the haze.
“A number of company right here have also cancelled their one-day trip-tour package. My enterprise income has been falling by about 60 per cent,” she said. She mentioned some friends minimize brief their stay.
“One couple initially booked seven nights however they left for Myanmar after just two nights due to the haze,” Kannapat said.
Auraiwan Phuthong, who runs the Phong Phang restaurant in the identical district, mentioned she handed out masks to her workers and her clients to help them cope with the haze. “The number of clients has considerably dwindled. My income has dropped by about 30 per cent already,” she said.
Phuket resident Phongpol Ratchapol said he wore a facial masks when outside, whereas locals plan to rally in front of the Phuket City Corridor on Friday and lodge a protest letter towards the Indonesian government.