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GEORGETOWN – The haze which hit several areas in Penang  yesterday has worsened with the Air Pollutant Index (API) approaching unhealthy levels.

As of 2pm today, the API in Perai rose to 85, Seberang Jaya rose to 86 and Universiti Sains Malaysia rose to 91 compared to 45-59 yesterday afternoon.

“I was informed that the air quality may improve tomorrow or Sunday as strong winds are expected to blow away the haze,” said State Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh.

The public are urged to reduce outdoor activities, seek treatment if they suffer sore throat, cough or shortness of breath and drink lots of water.

An API reading of between zero and 50 indicates good air quality; between 51 and 100, moderate; between 101 and 200, unhealthy; between 201 and 300, very unhealthy and over 301, hazardous.

Members of the public can refer to the DOE portal at http://www.doe.gov.my to find out the API reading for their areas. – BERNAMA

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