Hazy days ahead

Posted on September 7, 2011. Filed under: Pollution |

KUALA LUMPUR: Some parts of the country will be experiencing hazy conditions for several days as no rain is expected those areas for five consecutive days.

The areas are Arau (Perlis), Kota Setar (Kedah), Seberang Perai Utara (Penang), Kinta and Manjung (Perak), Kepong, Klang, Petaling and Sabak Bernam (Selangor), Batu Pahat (Johor) and Miri (Sarawak), said the Meteorological Department in a statement Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Department of Environment (DOE) said hazy condition that enveloped the Klang Valley, northern states, Malacca, Negri Sembilan and several areas in Pahang in the morning was due haze from fires in Sumatra, Indonesia.

It urged the public to refrain from carrying out open burning and help put out small fire and report any open burning activities to the Fire and Rescue Department at 999 or the DOE at toll-free 1-800-88-2727.

Until 11am, the Air Pollutant Index (API) in 14 areas in the country recorded a good level and 38 a moderate level, said the DOE.

Among areas which recorded a moderate API level were Shah Alam, Selangor (84), Sekolah Kebangsaan Jalan Pegoh, Ipoh (83) and Port Klang (81) while good API level was registered in Sarikei (30), Sri Aman (31) and Kuching (32) (all Sarawak). – Bernama

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