MIRI: The haze situation in southern Sarawak has deteriorated further as cloud-seeding operations get underway on Friday (Sept 20).
The Air Pollutant Index at Sri Aman shot up to hazardous level of 402 at 8am even as cloud-seeding attempts started in an effort to create rain.
The visibility from Kuching to Sri Aman divisions declined to very low levels, with many urban and semi-rural places seeing visibility reduced to only 200 metres.
In Kuching, the various agencies in the State Disaster Relief Management Committee are trying to create rain to lessen the smog and douse local forest-fires that are raging in the southern districts.
They will use an aircraft to fly from Kuching Airport to try to create rain to lessen the smog.
The plane is scheduled to take off later this morning.
Most of the haze are transboundary smog blown into Sarawak from the more than 700 hotspots currently raging in Kalimantan, Indonesia.
However, there are also smaller areas of localised wildfires burning all over the state that are contributing to the haze.
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.