Haze: Rain helps to clear skies in south Johor

JOHOR BARU - A short downpour has helped to clear the skies in the southern part of the state with three areas previously badly hit by the haze recording moderate air quality levels Tuesday morning.

According to the Department of Environment website, the air quality in Kota Tinggi, Larkin Lama and Pasir Gudang has improved to moderate levels as of 7am Tuesday.

Only Muar remains at an unhealthy level of 165.

The clear skies were also welcomed by parents who have started sending their children to kindergartens and schools.

All the schools were ordered closed since Friday.

Lorry driver V. Anbalagan, 45, said that he hoped for more rain daily to help reduce the haze around his area in Masai.

"My children have been having breathing difficulties since the haze got worse last week," he said.

Housewife Rokiah Ismail, 34, also hoped for more rain to help cool down her house as it was very difficult to sleep at night due to the heat.

"Nowadays it is so hot and I hope for regular showers to help cool things down," she said.