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Published: Tuesday June 25, 2013 MYT 10:29:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday July 10, 2013 MYT 10:34:15 AM

Haze: Only Sandakan and Tawau residents enjoy clean air

PETALING JAYA: In the whole of Malaysia, only residents of Sandakan and Tawau are enjoying the privilege of breathing good quality air as the annual haze blankets major parts of Peninsular Malaysia, with some places hit by hazardous air quality.

At Air Pollution Index (API) readings of 50 and 42 respectively, Sandakan and Tawau are the only locations in the country with good readings (between zero and 50) as of Tuesday morning.

In Peninsular Malaysia, the cleanest air is in Langkawi, with an API reading of 51.

API readings between 51 and 100 are considered “Moderate”, 101 to 200 as “Unhealthy” and 201 to 300 “Very unhealthy”.

Any reading above 300 is “Hazardous” while readings above 500 come under “Emergency”.

The Department of Environment also noted that the other two stations in Sabah are at a moderate level, with Keningau at 53 and Kota Kinabalu at 70.

All of Sarawak and parts of the East Coast also recorded API readings in the moderate range.

Only three locations in the East Coast had unhealthy API readings, with Jerantut at 137, Kemaman at 125 and Kuala Terengganu at 101.

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Tags / Keywords: Haze, Sandakan, Tawau, Residents, Clean Air


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