GEORGE TOWN: The haze, which enveloped several areas in Penang over the last few days, has worsened with higher Air Pollutant Index (API) reading and reduced visibility.
State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee Chairman, Phee Boon Poh said moderate API readings of 76 to 96 were recorded up to 11am Sunday compared to only 64 to 94 at 5pm Saturday.
"Sumatra has more than 200 hotspots that can catch fire during hot weather. Monsoon winds blow the smoke over the border to Peninsular Malaysia," he told Bernama here Sunday.
Seberang Jaya recorded reading of 96 with 2km visibility, Perai 85 with 6km visibility and Bayan Lepas 68 with 4km visibility.
The API readings were recorded from 7am to 11am. Phee said the situation is expected to improve next week as rainfall is expected in several areas in Penang.
"Residents must avoid the rain as it may be acidic and harmful to health, reduce recreational activities, use public transport and drink plenty of water," he added.
API reading of 0-50 is categorised as good, 51-100 moderate, 101-200 unhealthy, 201-300 very unhealthy and over 300 hazardous. - Bernama
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