Still hazy despite fewer hotspots in Sumatra


  • Nation
  • Friday, 06 Jul 2007

PETALING JAYA: Satellite images show a massive reduction in hotspots in Sumatra, with only nine showing up on the map yesterday but this does not necessarily mean a respite from the haze. 

A Meteorological Services Department spokesman said the reduction in the hotspots was because of heavy cloud cover. 

“The situation in the north-western states of Malaysia remains the same with visibility between 4km and 7km and we will not really know how many hotspots there are in Sumatra until the clouds clear.” 

The spokesman said the wind direction, from the south and south-west, would remain the same and added that dry weather for the peninsula was still forecast to last till the end of the week. 

Not over yet: Fisherman Goh Ah Tiam, 50, covering his mouth with his hand while waiting for his friends to return from the sea at Pantai Meriam Timbul in Butterworth at noon.

As at 5pm, the air pollutant index (API) readings in the country showed 43 areas with moderate API levels while eight areas recorded good levels. The highest API readings were 94 in Tanjung Malim, Perak and 91 in Gombak. 

In PENANG, the haze situation improved yesterday with better air quality and visibility while the scenario in several areas in Kedah and Perlis deteriorated slightly. 

A Department of Environment spokesman said the API was 53 at Universiti Sains Malaysia, 65 at Institut Latihan Perindustrian in Prai and 81 at Seberang Jaya, Prai as at 11am. 

He said the reading was moderate and was expected to be so for the next few days. 

The visibility was 7km in Bayan Lepas yesterday compared to 5km on Wednesday, 3km in Butterworth (the same recorded on Wednesday) and 5km in Prai (compared to 4km on Wednesday).  

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