Haze: Moderate API Readings In 19 Areas

Haze: Moderate API Readings In 19 Areas 

19 August 2005

publishedby www.bernama.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR — The air quality level in 19 areas was moderate with Air Pollutant Index (API) readings of between 12 and 68 at 11 am Friday.

A statement from the Department of Environment listed the areas as Taiping (68), Ipoh (67), Seri Manjung (60), Kangar (60), Seberang Perai 2 (59), Balok Baru and Kuantan (57), Bukit Rambai (56), Langkawi, Sungai Petani, Perai, Nilai, Jalan Tasek, Ipoh and Tawau (55).

Port Klang and Kuala Selangor, the two areas declared haze emergency last week, recorded API readings of 53 and 49, respectively, while the API for the Klang Valley areas was between 39 and 54.

It said visibility in most areas was more than 10 kilometres, except at Lubok Merbau and Batu Embun, which was eight kilometres.

The statement also stated that the statellite images of the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) detected 18 hotspots in the north Sumatra region, 23 in Kalimantan, two in Miri, Sarawak and 22 in Tawau, Kudat and Sandakan, Sabah.

The hotspot in the Peninsular Malaysia could not be detected due to the clouds, it said.

Meanwhile, in PENANG, the API readings recorded at several parts of the island at 11 am today were also at a moderate level.

A spokesman from the state DOE operations room said the API readings at Universiti Sains Malaysia was 46, Perai (55) and Seberang Jaya (59).

The visibility level was eight kilometres at Bayan Lepas, Perai (six kilometres) and Seberang Jaya (four kilometres).


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