Malaysian university shuts down due to very unhealthy air

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GEORGE TOWN - All activities, including lectures, at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Gelugor and its branch campuses in Bertam and Nibong Tebal are cancelled after the Air Quality Index recorded very unhealthy levels on Thursday.

The order extends to those with events and activities planned within the campuses, said USM registrar Siti Zubaidah A. Hamid in a statement on Thursday morning.

Indoor activities such as lectures, tutorials and laboratory work are postponed until midnight and pending further notice, she said.

At 9am Thursday, the API remained at 236 on the campus, 272 in Seberang Jaya and 194 in Prai.

An API of between 0 to 50 is considered good, 51 to 100 (moderate), 101 to 200 (unhealthy), 201 to 300 (very unhealthy), 301 and above (hazardous).