Environment Ministry: Air Quality in Cambodia Remains Good

Air quality in Cambodia, especially in Phnom Penh, remains good, affirmed the Ministry of Environment in a news release.

“The Ministry of Environment would like to confirm that until now, the air quality in Cambodia has not suffered from the impact in neighboring country,” it said.

H.E. Neth Pheaktra, Secretary of State for Environment, underlined that air quality in Cambodia is good while the amount of atmospheric particulate matter is normal, therefore there is no need to worry about it.

The ministry’s experts have been monitored and evaluated the air quality every 24 hours, said the news release, adding that the ministry appealed to the public not to get worried and it will inform them if there is any noticeable issue related to air quality.

Air Quality Index stipulates air quality is satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk if the PM2.5, atmospheric particulate matter that has a diametre of less than 2.5 micrometres, 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.

According to the result of the ministry’s air quality monitoring from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2019, PM 2.5 rate in Phnom Penh is 35.13 micrograms per cubic metre.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press