KUALA LUMPUR – Tanjung Malim in Perak is the latest to experience unhealthy air quality, raising to 18 the number of such areas as at 1pm.
The portal of the Department of Environment stated the air pollutant index reading for Tanjung Malim at 106, up from 96 as at 8am.
The other areas with unhealthy API reading as at 1pm were Seremban (198); Banting, Selangor (164); Nilai, Negeri Sembilan (160); Tawau, Sabah (159); Bukit Rambai, Melaka (158); City of Melaka (156); Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan (154).
Putrajaya (152); Port Klang, Selangor (144), Shah Alam (140); Muar, Johor(135); Petaling Jaya, Selangor (136); Larkin Lama, Johor (103); Pasir Gudang, Johor (102); Kemaman, Terengganu (103); Batu Muda, Kuala Lumpur (164) and Cheras, Kuala Lumpur (131).
Twenty-five areas recorded moderate API reading, among them Kota Tinggi, Johor (78); Alor Setar (59), Langkawi, Kedah (54); Seberang Jaya 2, Perai, in Penang (84); Bintulu, Sarawak (78), Kuching (96); Kuala Selangor (92) and KualaTerengganu (64).
An API reading of 0 to 50 indicates good air quality; 51 to 100, moderate; 101 to 200, unhealthy; 201 to 300, very unhealthy and 300 and above, hazardous. The public can refer to the DoE portal at http://apims.doe.gov.my for the API readings. – BERNAMA