Villagers in Pathum Thani Province near Bangkok have made complaints against garbage burners, the smoke has been causing health issues to those in the area for a while, especially towards small children. Villagers from the Sataporn Village have formed a group and reported to INN News in hopes of making the issue go public. There have been people secretly burning garbage and grass in the area. Locals are breathing in heavy black smoke every day.
The villagers gathered at the Sataporn Village Office on 10 February 2020 in Thanyaburi District, Pathum Thani Province. Behind the village is a large forest consisting of mainly tall grass. Yupaparn Homnet, one of the villagers, reported that her family is one of the worst households affected by the fires. Yupaparn’s home is located 100 meters away from the forest. The only thing separating the home from the fires is a small pond and the tall grass.
Right behind the village is a well-known spot where people would secretly dump and burn garbage. Almost everyday Yupaparn’s home and others nearby are filled with black smoke, bad smells from the garbage, and ashes that cover her home similar to black rain. All the members in her family have been forced to breathe in smoke and dust every day and now all have developed allergies. The villagers have tried closing all the windows and doors, but the burnt smell still travels through the air conditioners and small cracks. Yupaparn’s house now just smells burnt all the time.
Riam Tapianthong another villager stated that there are over 1,000 households in Sataporn Village. Almost every home has been affected by continuous burning. They have been living with the heat from the fires, smoke, and dust particles in the air. Many homes cannot use their air conditioners because it just brings in more burning smells. The villagers have filed complaints to the Bueng Yitho Municipality and the Klongsi Sub-district Administration Organization, both sectors have sent in fire trucks to put out the fires but people just continue to start the fire again.
FB Caption: Over 1,000 households have been living with the heat from the fires, smoke, and dust particles in the air.
Source: INN News