BUENG KAN, Thailand – Haze from burned straw and paddy stubbles across the Thai and Lao borders, together with natural fire resulting from a drought has had an impact on Bueng Kan residents and tourists visiting the Mekong River.
The residents, restaurants, and tourists in the areas of Bueng Kan and Bolikhamsai, Laos have been recently affected by haze.
The main causes of haze has been farmers burning their straw and paddy stubbles, with natural fire contributing in a lesser way.
The restaurants along the Mekong riverside, meanwhile, have been seriously affected and is serving half the customers it normally does. Even though the government authorities have warned the farmers to plough instead of burn, some villagers continue to neglect these suggestions because burning is more economical and takes a shorter time.