Bangkok sounds smoke alarm for expanding Asean capitals

Bangkok is choking as military drones and fire trucks fight to bring air pollution under control. Schools have closed, people are encouraged to stay indoors and others have armed themselves with face masks.

Meanwhile, the government has asked citizens to come up with more effective solutions.

Serious air pollution in major Asian cities has become the norm in recent years – so much so that residents, visitors and policymakers now take the situation for granted.

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