Poorer air quality due to dry weather and hot spots


KUALA LUMPUR: The slight deterioration in air quality over the past few days has been attributed to the recent dry weather during the day, coupled with the increase in hot spots in Sumatra and Kalimantan in Indonesia. 

The Information Ministry said in a statement the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre in Singapore reported 142 hot spots in Sumatra and 63 in Kalimantan on Monday, and 32 hot spots in Sumatra and 111 in Kalimantan the next day. 

The statement added that haze from open burning activities in Sumatra and Kalimantan was brought into the country by westerly winds. 

However, it said no new burning activities were detected in Selangor and the Federal Territory and that the few small fires detected last week had been doused. 

The statement said visibility levels had dropped slightly in the west coast, with visibility between 3km and 7km. Elsewhere, visibility was good. 

The ministry reminded the public not to conduct activities that could affect air quality. 

The public is also urged to co-operate in putting out small fires and reporting large burning activities to the Fire and Rescue Department at 03-8889 1972 and the Department of Environment at 03-888 0336.  

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