Rain helps clear haze in Penang

A blanket of haze covering Penang Bridge at 9am on Wednesday. Indonesia has vowed to keep up efforts to douse fires in Sumatra.

GEORGE TOWN - A late night rain brought an improvement in the Air Pollutant Index (API) readings in Penang, a day after the state was heavily shrouded in haze.

As at 5pm yesterday, the API at Universiti Sains Malaysia and Prai were both recorded at the healthy level of 64 as compared to 82 and 87 previously while it was 57 at Seberang Jaya, down from 76.

Visibility in the state had also improved with the Meteorological Department's website recording a range of 7km in all three locations as at 5pm.

Various locations in Kedah and Perlis also recorded a slight improvement in the API readings.

The API in Bakar Arang, Sungai Petani, which reached an unhealthy level of 104 on Wednes-day, dropped to a moderate level of 55.

Air quality in Langkawi was recorded at 54, an improvement from 69 previously, while in Alor Setar, it was at 56, down from 75.

Perlis also enjoyed good air quality with the API reading dropping to 48 yesterday from 69 on Wednesday evening.