Air quality worsens


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 03 Sep 2015

The view over Kuala Lumpur at 5pm on Wednesday (Sept 2). AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star .

PETALING JAYA:  The air quality in several west coast areas of Peninsular Malaysia remained in the unhealthy zone Thursday morning with Alor Setar in Kedah recording the highest Air Pollutant Index reading (10am) of 116.

Residents of most areas in the Klang Valley woke up to the smell of haze caused by smoke from open burning in over 380 hotspots in Sumatra.

An API reading of between 0 and 50 is considered good, 51 to 100 (moderate), 101 to 200 (unhealthy), 201 to 300 (very unhealthy), and 301 and above (hazardous).

At 10am, other areas with unhealthy API reading are Shah Alam (107), Port Klang (110), Banting (102), and Batu Muda (111).

In Negri Sembilan, Nilai recorded a reading of 104.

In the north, Kangar has a reading of 106 while Sungei Petani recorded a reading of 104.

Other areas that recorded unhealthy readings are Taiping (104), SK Jalan Pegoh (Ipoh) 105 and Seri Manjung 106.

The haze condition varies with the wind direction. 


Earlier report of 7am API reading.


PETALING JAYA:  Air in several west coast areas moved into the unhealthy zone early Thursday with Batu Muda in Kuala Lumpur recording the highest Air Pollutant Index reading (7am) of 112.

Residents of most areas in the Klang Valley also woke up to the smell of haze caused by smoke from open burning in over 380 hotspots in Sumatra.

An API reading of between 50 and 100 is considered moderate and those above 100 unhealthy.

At 7am, other areas with unhealthy API reading are Shah Alam (108), Port Klang (108), Banting (102), Putrajaya (99) and Cheras (100).

In Negri Sembilan, Nilai recorded 106 while Seremban 100.

In the north, Alor Setar has a reading of 122, Kangar 101, Sungei Petani 108, Seberang Jaya 2 (Perai) 104 and USM 101.

Other unhealthy API areas are Taiping (103), SK Jalan Pegoh (Ipoh) 103, Seri Manjung 104 and Jalan Tasek (Ipoh) 93.

The haze condition varies with the wind direction. 


Read: Haze advisory issued to schools in Penang


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