GEORGE TOWN - People have been advised to stay indoors after the Air Pollutant Index (API) here hit the "unhealthy" level of 101.
State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environmental committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said people should keep themselves hydrated and seek treatment should they suffer from eye irritation.
"The API level in the state has gone above 100, which is unhealthy. The public should drink more water and not stay outside for too long," he said, adding that the state government would also distribute face masks to primary school pupils.
"The assemblymen will distribute the masks either through the Village Security and Development Committees (JKKK) or the Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA). We may also distribute masks to the public," he said.
As at 7am yesterday, the API reading in Seberang Jaya was 98 before hitting 101 at 11am. (The "unhealthy" category begins at an API reading of 101). However, it dropped to 96 at 5pm.
In Prai, the reading was at 85 at 7am before going up four points at 11am. At 5pm, the API reading returned to 85.
On the island, the reading was at 85 at 7am and later dropped to 79 at 5pm.
A check with the Meteorological Department showed that visibility had also improved in various parts of the state.