Haze descends on large parts of Malaysia, raising alarm

NST Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The much-dreaded haze began creeping across the country today, with several states recording unhealthy Air Pollution Index (API) readings as of 6pm. A check with the Department of Environment's website revealed that Alor Star recorded the highest reading of 145, followed by Kangar at 137 and Mukah, Sarawak at 134. In the Klang Valley, Klang registered a reading of 110. A slew of other areas nationwide recorded moderate readings. They were led by Sungai Petani 99, followed by Seberang Jaya (96), Sibu (94), and the Kulim Hi-Tech Industrial Park and Seberang Perai (both at 91). The day’s highest reading was registered by Kangar at 11am (160). The API categorises a reading of between 0-50 as ‘good’, 51-100 as ‘moderate’, 101-200 as ‘unhealthy’, 201-300 as ‘very unhealthy’, and 300 and above as ‘hazardous’.


In the Klang Valley, Klang registered a reading of 110. (NSTP/ AZIAH AZMEE)

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