Bangkok has been hit by a thick smog so bad that residents have been coughing and sneezing up blood.
The city’s pollution problem has got to such a state that even pets are suffering from illnesses caused by the smog.
A thick cloud of toxic smog made up of dangerous PM2.5 particles has become lodged in people’s lungs and blanketed the Thai capital for the last fortnight.
Experts have warned that the long term cost of the pollution caused by vehicles, construction projects, burning crops and street food BBQs could run into tens of millions of dollars.
But as pictures posted on social media by citizens show, residents and animals have already been badly affected – sneezing and coughing blood into their face masks.
Office worker, Nutthawut Sirichainarumit, shared a photo of blood in his hand which came out after he sneezed on January 15 saying that it was caused by the dust clouds.
He said: ‘Two days ago, my nose was hurt when breathing. I sneezed all night and it was the even worse when my sneeze had blood the next morning.
‘I was totally shocked because I never sneezed blood before in my entire life. I believe the dust is to blame.’
Another local, Seine Premmanuspaisal, was shocked to be diagnosed with a lung infection after vomiting and coughing in blood for three days as he never had a history of respiratory disease before.
He said: ‘The polluted air also brings germs and viruses that gradually affect our bodies. Even though you think you’re healthy, this horrible environment is going to disturb you in some way.’
Nutthawut Sirichainarumit (left) suffered a nose bleed from the dust cloud. It was so bad her face mask became covered in blood (right)
Even pets such as rabbits have suffered from the hazardous effects of the Bangkok smog
The Thai government has closed 439 schools and taken increasingly bizarre steps to try and fight the pollution – including today flying drones to spray water. But the smog has continued.
On Tuesday an asthma patient living the city was sent to the hospital’s intensive care unit with acute bronchitis and hypoxaemia after his eyes were critically bleeding.
Khun Songsamut said: ‘I felt like I was going to die. This is because of the pollution. Something must be done. MAIL ONLINE