Met Dept starts cloud-seeding exercises in S'wak to combat haze

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  • Thursday, 12 Sep 2019

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) is now conducting cloud-seeding exercises in Sarawak in an effort to combat the haze.

MetMalaysia director-general Jailan Simon said the cloud seeing was being conducted in Sri Aman, Kuching and Samarahan to help induce rain in affected areas on Thursday (Sept 12).

“Our staff and the Royal Malaysian Air Force will be doing it from Labuan, ” he said when contacted on Thursday (Sept 12).

As of 1pm, only Sri Aman had air pollutant index (API) reading of 155, which is deemed unhealthy, while Kuching and Samarahan recorded 80 and 68, which is moderate.

Meanwhile, Johan Setia in Selangor recorded a very unhealthy reading of 208.

There were 16 areas nationwide that recorded unhealthy API readings.

Asked if similar measures would be carried out in the Peninsula, Jailan said such a move would depend on weather conditions.

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

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