Haze from Kalimantan likely to hit Sarawak

MIRI: Even as Sarawak battles new wildfire cases daily, the number of hotspots in neighbouring Kalimantan, Indonesia, has shot up by three times.

The fear of serious transboundary haze coming into Sarawak is growing, the state Disaster Relief Management Committee said.

It added that 455 hotspots were spotted in Kalimantan and four in Sarawak yesterday morning.

Visibility in Kuching has been reduced to 4km.

Three districts recorded unhealthy Air Pollutant Index level of above 100. They are Sri Aman (122), Samarahan (105) and Miri (101).

Sarawak Disaster Relief Management committee secretary Mejar Ismail Mahedin said transboundary haze from Kalimantan was expected to hit Sarawak.

He said the number of hotspots in Kalimantan yesterday had tripled since Wednesday.

“That will bring haze into Kuching, Samarahan and Sri Aman depending on the wind direction, ” he added.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department said on average about 10 new wildfire cases were being reported daily statewide.

On Wednesday alone, there were 19 cases reported. Firefighters were doing their best to handle these situations, the department said.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Did you find this article insightful?


Next In Nation

Zoo Negara has enough funds for the next half year but must prepare contingency plan, says Natural Resources Minister
Two high school friends from Ranau reunite at Universiti Teknologi Petronas after six years apart
Transport Ministry committed to helping the disabled, says Dr Wee
Floods: Number of evacuees in Terengganu rises, situation improves in Perak and Kelantan
Transport Ministry ready to help army veterans, says Dr Wee
Appeal by 33 people including Sabah CM over dissolution of state assembly withdrawn
Hamzah: Firms can hire foreign workers if they finance deportation of those held at immigration depots
No mining of non-radioactive rare earth elements until SOPs are followed, says Natural Resources Minister
Ismail Sabri: Action taken against 482 people over MCO violations on Wednesday (Dec 2)
Covid-19: Four new clusters detected with three in Sabah and one in Selangor

Stories You'll Enjoy