KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Air quality in Sri Aman, Sarawak, has reached the hazardous level again Friday (Sept 20) morning with the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading soaring to 362 as of 7am, compared to 210 recorded at 5pm yesterday.
Sri Aman, located near the Kalimantan region of Indonesia, is currently experiencing forest fires and transboundary haze, leading to increased API readings in all areas near western region of Sarawak and around Tawau and Sandakan in Sabah.
Four other areas in the state also recorded very unhealthy air quality, namely, Sibu (204), Sarikei (235), Samarahan (218) and Kuching (250).
Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (Mestecc) Minister Yeo Bee Yin on Thursday said another cloud seeding operation would be carried out in Sarawak today to help lower the API readings in the state.
Meanwhile, forest fires in Sumatra have caused air quality in areas along the west coast and south of Peninsular Malaysia to deteriorate.
A total of 23 areas recorded unhealthy readings across the country with more than 101 in the API readings, namely, Minden (111) and Balik Pulau (108) in Penang; Tasek Ipoh (161) and Ipoh Pegoh (119) in Perak; two areas in Kuala Lumpur namely Batu Muda (164) and Cheras (155) as well as Putrajaya (137).
Other places recorded unhealthy air quality are six areas in Selangor, namely Kuala Selangor (111), Petaling Jaya (154), Shah Alam (143), Klang (121), Banting (116) and Johan Setia Klang (156); and three areas in Negeri Sembilan, namely, Nilai (135), Seremban (116) and Port Dickson (115).
In addition, Segamat in Johor also recorded unhealthy API at 105, while in Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu recorded API of 109 and Besut (104) and four areas in Sarawak were also experiencing similar conditions, namely in Miri (104), Samalaju (103), Bintulu (116) and Mukah (167).
Meanwhile, 40 areas in the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak registered moderate API readings.
An API reading of between 0 and 50 is good while 51 to 100 is moderate, 101 to 200 is unhealthy, 201 to 300 very unhealthy, and 301 and above deemed hazardous. - Bernama