Haze: Continue To Affect Nationwide Areas

A piece by Izzat Tham

An electronic signboard on the Federal Highway displaying API readings on Sunday afternoon. - AZLINA ABDULLAH/The Star
An electronic signboard on the Federal Highway displaying API readings on Sunday afternoon. – AZLINA ABDULLAH/The Star

A total amount of 29 nationwide recorded unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) readings proven to show this year’s haze continue to deteriorate and affects nationwide areas.

According to TheStar, at 10 a.m. Monday,on the 14th of September recorded a total of 29 areas recorded an alarmingly unhealthy API reading both in the West Peninsula and the East Peninsula.

Affected locations in the peninsula identified as: Johor, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Selangor, Perak, Penang, Sarawak, Terengganu, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, according to the Department of Environment’s website.

Banting in Selangor recorded the highest API at 176, followed by Nilai (168), Port Klang (165), Seremban (162), and Batu Muda in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (161).

Other areas with unhealthy API readings in Peninsular Malaysia are Cheras in Kuala Lumpur (152), Shah Alam (148), Port Dickson (146), Kuala Selangor (144), Bukit Rambai in Malacca and Petaling Jaya  (both 143).

In Sarawak, the areas with unhealthy API readings are Sri Aman (134), Samarahan (118), Sarikei (119) and Kuching (105).

Areas in Sabah, meanwhile, recorded moderate readings.

Air quality with API readings of 0-50 is categorised as good, 51-100 (moderate), 101-200 (unhealthy), 201-300 (very unhealthy) and 301 and above (hazardous).

Source: TheStar (http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/09/14/Haze-areas-affected-air-quality/)

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