3 Johor areas have unhealthy air

IMPROVEMENT: Klang Valley areas record moderate readings

KUALA LUMPUR - Three areas in Johor recorded "unhealthy" Air Pollutant Index (API) readings as of 5pm yesterday, with winds blowing from the southwest pushing the haze towards the peninsula's east coast.

Pasir Gudang showed an "unhealthy" reading of 148. Its highest reading was 153 at 11am.

In Larkin Lama, the API level increased to 125 at 11am, but improved to 122 at 5pm.

In Kota Tinggi, the API increased from 118 (11am) to 126 (5pm).

In Kemaman, Terengganu, the API level improved from "unhealthy" (103) at 11am to "moderate" (99) at 5pm.

In the Klang Valley, several areas, including Putrajaya, Pelabuhan Klang, Kuala Selangor and Peta-ling Jaya, recorded moderate readings.

The API reading is "good" when it is between 0 and 50, "moderate" (51 to 100), "unhealthy" (101 to 200), "very unhealthy" (201 to 300), and "hazardous" (above 300).

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry said the ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre satellite image showed 113 hot spots in central Sumatra.

Sumatra had 138 hot spots on Sunday.

The image showed that there was haze in Riau province, central Sumatra.

The ministry said that the Department of Environment would continue to monitor the air quality in the country according to the actions outlined in the National Haze Action Plan.

It would also activate the Open Burning Prevention Action Plan in all states.

"The Department of Environment will improve the enforcement of laws on emissions from motor vehicles and emissions from factories."

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