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KUALA LUMPUR – The haze situation in the country has generally improved with only 15 areas still recording Air Pollutants Index (API) readings at the unhealthy level as compared to 18 areas last night.

Howver, Sarawak was not spared as some areas in the state saw API readings increasing.

According the Department of Environment’s website, Sri Aman saw the API reading increasing to 171 from 169; Samarahan 147 (140), Kuching 146 (136), Sarikei 145 (143), Sibu 132 (121).

Kemaman in Terengganu and Balok Baru, Kuantan saw a dip in the API albeit still at the unhealthy level. Both recorded API of 129 at 9am.

Other areas still with unhealthy API are Paka (126), Tawau (125), Kapit (112), Jerantut (110), Shah Alam (108), Bintulu (103), Indera Mahkota (102) and Kuala Terengganu (102).

The following areas saw the API drop from the unhealthy to the moderate level. Port Klang (98), Petaling Jaya (98), Bandaraya Melaka (92), Muar (92), Banting (91), Batu Muda (90), Cheras (89), Pasir Gudang (88), Bukit Rambai (84), Larkin Lama (82) dan Putrajaya (81).

Cloud seeding by the Atmospheric Science and Cloud Seeding Division of the Malaysian Meteorological Department which began yesterday is set to continue today focusing on northern Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, the Klang Valley and Kuching.

According to a source at the department, the operations were planned for between noon and 2pm but would depend on suitable weather and cloud conditions.

Two Royal Malaysian Air Force Hercules C130 aircraft based in Subang and Kuching are being used for the purpose.

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).

The public can visit the DOE’s website at http://apims.doe.gov.my to know the current API readings in their areas. – Bernama

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