Environment Ministry: Current Air Pollution in Cambodia Poses No Serious Health Concern

AKP Phnom Penh, January 18, 2020 —

“Up to now, the air pollution in Cambodia has posed no serious health concern despite a slight increase in PM2.5,” underlined H.E. Neth Pheaktra, Secretary of State and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Environment.

According to an announcement of the Ministry of Environment released yesterday evening, the air quality has dropped with the recorded PM2.5, the atmospheric particulate matter that has a diametre of less than 2.5 micrometres, of 59.36 per cubic metre (µg/m3) in Phnom Penh on Jan. 17.

Air Quality Index stipulates air quality is satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk if the PM2.5 is between 0-50. However, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution between 51-100.

It becomes more dangerous if the quality scale moves to between 101-150 as people with greater sensitivity can experience health impacts. In case of air quality worsen to 151-200, the condition is unhealthy, and human can start to feel it and for some people they might get ill.

The ministry’s expert officials have been monitoring the situation in Phnom Penh and other provinces across the country, added the spokesperson.

He attributed the increase in PM2.5 mainly to factory smoke, exhaust fumes, forest fires, rubbish burning, dust from construction sites, etc.

The Ministry of Environment will keep the public informed about the new developments in air quality situation in Cambodia, said H.E. Neth Pheaktra, calling on the municipal and provincial environment departments to take measure to prevent forest fire, open waste burning, dust from construction sites, to promote hygiene along the roads and public areas, and so on.

By Khan Sophirom