malaysia

Haze worsens, unhealthy level in seven areas

A hazy Kuala Lumpur skyline. - Picture by Choo Choy MayA hazy Kuala Lumpur skyline. - Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, June 16 — The haze has worsened overnight in Selangor and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, with Air Pollutant Index (API) readings showing the unhealthy level in seven areas as at 7 am today. 

These areas are Port Klang (with an API reading of 144), Shah Alam (129), Petaling Jaya (127), Banting (117) and Kuala Selangor (101) in Selangor and Cheras (129) and Batu Muda (127) in Kuala Lumpur, according to the DOE website

An API of 101 to 200 denotes an unhealthy level. Air quality is assumed to be good for an API of zero to 50, moderate for an API of 51 to 100, very unhealthy for an API of 201 to 300 and hazardous for an API of more than 301. 

A total 33 areas nationwide recorded a moderate level in the API reading, obtained from 51 air quality surveillance stations of the DOE, while 10 other areas recorded good air quality. The website said no area in the country recorded a very unhealthy or hazardous API reading. 

The deterioration in air quality experienced in the Klang Valley now is due to the cross-border haze from Sumatra, Indonesia. 

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Meteorological Department forecast no rain nationwide in the morning but showers in the evening in several states. 

According to the department’s website, Malaysia is experiencing the Southwest Monsoon which contributes to hot and dry weather. The situation is expected to last until September. — Bernama