Haze: More than 10 areas record unhealthy API readings as at 9am

An aerial view of Georgetown on a hazy morning, October 5, 2015. — Picture by K.E. Ooi
An aerial view of Georgetown on a hazy morning, October 5, 2015. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 — The areas around Universiti Sains Malaysia and Seberang Jaya 2, Perai in Penang recorded the highest Air Pollutant Index (API) in the country at 168 and 164 respectively at 9am today.

According to the Department of Environment website, the two areas were among 12 other locations with unhealthy API.

The other areas were Kg Air Putih, Taiping (156); Alor Setar (152); Perai (144); Bakar Arang, Sg. Petani (143); Sekolah Kebangsaan Jalan Pegoh, Ipoh 140);

Seri Manjung (134); and Langkawi (131).

Also experiencing API in the same category were Kangar (125); Jalan Tasek, Ipoh (116) and Batu Muda, Kuala Lumpur (103).

Thirty one areas recorded moderate API reading and among them were Kuala Selangor and Malacca City with 99, followed by Bukit Rambai and Port Klang (97), Shah Alam (96); Putrajaya (94); Banting (93); Port Dickson and Tanah Merah (92).

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 above 300, hazardous.

Members of the public can refer to DOE portal at apims.doe.gov.my for the latest API reading. — Bernama

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