Haze persists, air quality dips further

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Haze continues to loom over parts of the country as the air quality took a further dip.

According to the Department of Environment (DOE), air quality in Tan- jung Malim reached an unhealthy level with an Air Pollutant Index (API) reading of 102.

It also showed that as at 5pm yesterday, 67% or 33 areas were experiencing moderate air quality, which is between the API reading of 51 to 100.

On Monday, moderate air quality was recorded in 58% or 30 areas.

Yesterday, Banting in Selangor was dangerously close to reaching an unhealthy level with an API of 90.

However, air quality in Penang had improved over the past 24 hours with the API in Seberang Jaya 2 dropping to 83 from 86 while that for Universiti Sains Malaysia was lower at 67 as at 11am.

The air quality for Alor Setar and Kangar was also better, recording 79 and 60 respectively.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas had said that although more DOE enforcement officers would be deployed to check for open burning and excessive smoke from motor vehicles, the main issue was still transboundary haze blown in by the southwest monsoon wind from fires in Sumatra, Indonesia.

The Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre recorded 310 hotspots in Sumatra and 27 here.

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