KUCHING – Nine flights heading in and out of the Kuching International Airport (KIA) have been affected by the haze as of 5 pm today.
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB) manager of KIA, Mohd Nadzim Hashim said as of 5pm, land visibility in Kuching was about 1,600 metres.
“Nine flights were delayed, involving five arrivals and four departures, affecting 934 passengers. No cancellations have been done as at 5pm,” he said in a statement.
“MAHB advises all passengers who are flying through KIA to check their schedules with the respective airlines before heading to the airport,” he said.
The daily activities of people in three areas, namely Kuching, Samarahan and Sri Aman have remained as usual, despite recording unhealthy levels on the air pollutant index (API).
As of 5pm, Samarahan recorded an API of 184, followed by Sri Aman (177), and Kuching (164).
A check by Bernama around the city revealed that people and motorcyclists had begun wearing masks when doing outdoor activities.
Meanwhile, Sarawak Health Department director Datuk Dr Zulkifli Jantan told Bernama as of today, there was no significant increase in the number of patients seeking treatment due to the haze.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in a statement said that as of yesterday, 18 hotspots had been detected in Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Medium and thick haze smoke from hot spots in the province of west, south, and central Kalimantan are expected to spread to most parts of the state within the next 24 to 48 hours, the statement said.
In the meantime, Samarahan deputy resident (Development) Jamalie Busri when contacted said that air quality around Samarahan was somewhat affected.
However residents were still safe.
He said residents had been advised to reduce outdoor activities, and if possible, to wear a face mask when outside the house. – BERNAMA