Haze Worsens In Klang Valley

20 July 2006

published by www.bernama.com.my

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Air quality in the Klang Valley, home to about two million people, reached moderate level Thursday due to the worsening haze condition.

But elsewhere in the country, the air quality was generally good.

According to figures released by the Department of Environment, the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading in Country Heights in Kajang, Selangor was 93 as compared to 57 Wednesday.

In Kuala Lumpur, the API jumped to 85 Thursday from 63 Wednesday and in Petaling Jaya, it rose to 80 from 66.

The API climbed to 85 from 83 in Port Klang but the smog did not affect shipping activities as visibility was good.

Air quality level is good if the API reading is below 50; moderate (50-100); unhealthy (101-200); very unhealthy (201-300); and dangerous (301 and above).

Overall, air quality in 24 places is good and while 26 places reported moderate API.


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