Haze havoc continues: 288 schools closed in Perak

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  • Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019


IPOH (Bernama): The worsening haze situation has forced 265 more schools in Manjung, Bagan Datuk, Hilir Perak and Central Perak districts to close on Wednesday morning, bringing the total number of affected schools in the state to 288.

Perak Education director Dr Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Ali said the schools were ordered to close today after the Air Pollutant Index (API) hit 202 at 5am.

"The closure of the 265 schools today was made based on the API reading at the Seri Manjung station.

"Seri Manjung today recorded the API reading at 206 as of 3am but dropped to 197 by 7am, ” he said when contacted by Bernama.

Yesterday, 23 schools in Manjung and Hilir Perak were ordered to close as the API reading in the areas reached unhealthy levels.

API reading between 0 and 50 is categorised as good, 51 to 100 (moderate), 101 to 200 (unhealthy), 201 to 300 (very unhealthy) and 300 or above (hazardous). – Bernama

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