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Published: Friday March 14, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday March 14, 2014 MYT 6:32:46 AM

Port Klang schools closed today

Diehard fan: A fishing enthusiast braving hazy conditions at the Putrajaya Lake at 10am yesterday.

Diehard fan: A fishing enthusiast braving hazy conditions at the Putrajaya Lake at 10am yesterday.

KLANG: All schools in the district have been ordered closed today after Port Klang recorded a very unhealthy reading of 233 in the Air Pollutant Index (API) at 5pm yesterday.

Selangor education director Datuk Mahmud Karim, who issued the directive, said: “The schools will be closed on Friday. When they will reopen will depend on API readings.”

Areas that recorded unhealthy readings at the same time yesterday were Banting (189), Kuala Selangor (179), Petaling Jaya (159), Putrajaya (168), Batu Muda, Kuala Lumpur (163) and Nilai (172).

Selangor executive councillor for environment Elizabeth Wong said the haze yesterday was due to a combination of trans-boundary and local sources.

She added that the state government would start distributing the first batch of 180,000 single-use face masks today.

The masks can be obtained at the offices of all state assemblymen.

In a statement, Wong said the Fire and Rescue Department had been working round the clock to put out fires with the help of multiple agencies, including local councils and district offices.

“However, they are overwhelmed by an unprecedented number of cases. As such, I urge local residents and volunteer organisations to also help in putting out small fires in their neighbourhoods,” she said.

Wong said the state Environment Department had initiated 12 investigation papers to prosecute people involved in open burning on private lots which she stressed was still banned.

Tags / Keywords: Environment, API, haze

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