Haze hits Sarawak, unhealthy air in Sri Aman, Kuching, Serian


Passengers boarding perahu tambang (river sampan) at the Kuching Waterfront in hazy conditions as the city recorded unhealthy air pollutant index (API) levels on Monday (Sept 4). - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

KUCHING: Hazy conditions have hit parts of Sarawak with Sri Aman, Kuching and Serian recording unhealthy air quality on Monday (Sept 4).

At 9am, Sri Aman recorded an air pollutant index (API) reading of 154, the highest in the country, and this was followed by Kuching at 133 and Serian at 128.

Other parts of Sarawak recorded moderate API readings.

An API reading of 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is moderate and 101-200 is unhealthy.

According to the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC), satellite imagery showed moderate to dense smoke haze over southern and southeastern Kalimantan, drifting towards the northwest.

Slight to moderate smoke haze was also observed over parts of west Kalimantan, drifting northwards to western Sarawak.

"There is also an elevated risk of the transboundary smoke haze in the border region between west Kalimantan and western Sarawak," ASMC said in its weather and haze outlook on Sunday (Sept 3) evening.

The ASMC website also recorded 154 hotspots in Kalimantan on Sunday (Sept 3), compared to three in Sabah and Sarawak

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