Air quality good in most parts

Air quality good in most parts

20 August 2005


PETALING JAYA: Air quality in most parts of Malaysia is good. 

According to the Department of Environment, none of the 51 air monitoring stations around the country recorded unhealthy levels, and only 19 areas recorded moderate air levels. 

Satellite images showed 18 hotspots in North Sumatra and 23 in Kalimantan. 

Two hotspots were detected in Miri and 22 in Tawau, Kudat, Sandakan and Sabah’s west coast. 

Cloud cover over most parts of the peninsula prevented the detection of any hotspots. 

Visibility in most parts of the country was at 10km, except in Lubok Merbau and Batu Embun in the peninsula which recorded visibility of 8km. 

In Sabah, the prevailing wet conditions and south-easterly winds are keeping the state almost haze-free. 

Sabah Meteorological Services Department director Tan Chen Kok said, however, that the state’s haze-free conditions could change as early as Monday, when wind directions are expected to change. 

He said isolated showers around the state could help douse open burning and hotspots in northern Kudat, interior Ranau and east coast Sandakan districts. 

Sabah Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Ibnu Suhud Punggah said the department had not been asked to put out any fire. 











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