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Port Dickson API at 335; KL, PJ near hazardous while Muar emergency may end

A screenshot from the DOE website showing the latest API status, with Port Dickson registering the highest level of 335.A screenshot from the DOE website showing the latest API status, with Port Dickson registering the highest level of 335.The smoke from the fires in Sumatera have started heading north in peninsular Malaysia with the API status for the Klang Valley showing that the haze is reaching near hazardous levels while the beach resort town of Port Dickson already at the hazardous level.

The latest API status on the DOE website shows the popular beach resort town of Port Dickson, in Negeri Sembilan, registering the highest level in the country, hitting 335 as of 7am this morning.

Port Klang (Selangor) was the next highest with 296, followed by Bukit Rambai (Melaka) with 260 and Kemaman (Terengganu) with 249.

The decision to close schools in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur proved to be the right one with the cities of Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur reaching a high of 198 and 191, respectively.

Meanwhile, the haze in Muar (Johor), which hit a high of 746 yesterday, has reduced considerably to 148 as of 7am today.

Following this, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry has announced that it will review the emergency status in Muar.

Its minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said the Department of Environment (DOE) is monitoring the situation ahead of a meeting with the National Security Council.

The meeting will be held today to decide on the emergency status in Muar and Ledang, which saw the API in both districts soar to 750 over the weekend.

"If the situation in both districts stabilises at this level, the emergency status will be called off," Palanivel said in a statement.

The Johor Disaster Management and Relief Committee has ordered the immediate closure of all schools, public and private offices, factories and other non-essential services until further notice.

The use of private vehicles has also been restricted. - June 24, 2013.

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