KUALA LUMPUR – Air quality in Batu Muda and Cheras in Kuala Lumpur deteriorated to an unhealthy level as at 2pm today due to the regional haze caused mainly by forest fires in Indonesia.
The Department of Environment portal reported the air pollutant index reading for Batu Muda to be 137, up from 81 at 9pm, and for Cheras to be 112, up from 87 in the morning.
Thirty-three other areas had moderate API readings, among them the City of Melaka (95), Bukit Rambai also in Melaka (93), Port Klang (91), Pasir Gudang, Johor (90), Putrajaya (89) Larkin Lama in Johor (88) and Banting, Port Dickson (both 87) and Nilai in Negeri Sembilan (83).
Sixteen areas had good API readings, among them Labuan (16), Limbang (20) and Kapit (23) in Sarawak and Keningau (26), Kota Kinabalu (34), Sandakan (41) and Tawau (49) in Sabah.
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 to get the latest API readings. – BERNAMA