Cloud seeding to be carried out if API stays above 150 for more than 24 hours

PUTRAJAYA: Cloud seeding will be carried out in areas where the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading remains above 150, indicating unhealthy air quality, for more than one day, says Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.

The Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister said that they have activated the National Haze Action Plan, which lists actions to be taken by the relevant agencies, including the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) to manage the haze.

"Cloud seeding can only be conducted under specific circumstances and the ministry will continue to monitor the situation," he told a press conference after officiating at the ceremony to accord recognition to Wetland Studios Putrajaya (WSP) as a Resource Centre for Environmental Conservation.

As of 8pm on Tuesday (Oct 3), the API was in the unhealthy range in Nilai, Negri Sembilan with a reading of 153 and Cheras, Kuala Lumpur (153).

An API reading of zero to 50 indicates that the air quality is good; 51 to 100 (moderate); 101 to 200 (unhealthy); 201 to 300 (very unhealthy); and above 300 (hazardous).

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