DOE says four areas in Peninsular Malaysia record unhealthy API reading

File photo of a housing area in Petaling Jaya, near Icon City, is shrouded in haze, September 7, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
File photo of a housing area in Petaling Jaya, near Icon City, is shrouded in haze, September 7, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 — Four areas recorded air quality at the unhealthy level as of 9am today, with Balok Baru in Pahang having the highest Air Pollutants Index (API) reading, at 128.

According to the Department of Environment’s (DOE) portal, the other three areas are Kemaman, Terengganu (127), Indera Mahkota, Pahang (116) and Bandaraya Melaka (109).

Thirty-five areas had API moderate level readings including Paka (97), Larkin Lama (92), Pasir Gudang (88), Muar (81), Kuala Terengganu (80), Kota Kinabalu (56) and Sandakan (54).

Meanwhile, 14 areas saw improvement in the  air quality, among them Tawau (50), Sebarang Jaya 2, Perai (49), Seri Manjung (36), Alor Setar (24) and Kangar (20).

An API reading of 0 to 50 indicates good air quality; 51 to 100, moderate; 101 to 200, unhealthy; 201 to 300, very unhealthy and 300 and above, hazardous.

The public can visit the website at http://apims.doe.gov.my to know the current API readings. — Bernama