NOW, 38 AREAS WITH UNHEALTHY API READINGS
NEWS ON AIR POLLUTION IN MALAYSIA
Number of areas with unhealthy API readings rises to 38
In KUALA LUMPUR, Bernama reported that the number of areas with unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) readings has risen to 38 as at 8am today, Sunday 22 September 2019 compared to only 18 yesterday.
It includes new areas in Kedah, Perak, Melaka, Pahang, Johor and Terengganu.
Acccording to the Air Pollution Index Management System (APIMS) portal, two new areas in Kedah which recorded unhealthy air quality this morning were Sungai Petani (107) and Kulim Hi-Tech (105).
Five areas with unhealthy air quality in Perak were Taiping (111), Tasek Ipoh (164), Pegoh Ipoh (145), Seri Manjung (132) and Tanjung Malim (132).
Other areas with unhealthy API readings were ILP Miri, Sarawak (102); Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan (104); Alor Gajah, Melaka (104); Segamat, Johor (129); Seberang Jaya, Pulau Pinang (103); as well as Rompin (114); Temerloh (127); Jerantut (134); Indera Mahkota Kuantan (142); and Balok Baru Kuantan (135) in Pahang.
In Terengganu, the areas were Kemaman (142); Paka (125); and Kuala Terengganu (136).
Meanwhile, the haze situation in Sarawak showed a slight improvement as only four areas recorded unhealthy air quality this morning, namely Miri (107), Sri Aman (183), Kuching (139) and Samarahan (136).
In Kuala Lumpur, the API readings in Cheras and Batu Muda remained in the unhealthy category at 153 and 173 respectively, while Putrajaya recorded 138, followed by Minden (140) and Balik Pulau (151) in Pulau Pinang.
Other areas with unhealthy API readings were Tangkak, Johor (106); Johan Setia Klang (193); Kuala Selangor (152); Petaling Jaya (148); Shah Alam (143); Klang (131); and Banting (116) in Selangor and Nilai (140) and Seremban (124) in Negeri Sembilan.
For reference, an API between zero and 50 indicates good air quality, 51 and 100 moderate, 101 and 200 unhealthy, 201 and 300 very unhealthy, and above 300 indicates hazardous.
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