- Haze appears to have mildly blanketed the Klang Valley today causing a slight decline in visibility throughout the area
Haze appears to have mildly blanketed the Klang Valley today causing a slight decline in visibility throughout the area, especially in the Kuala Lumpur central business district.
However, the Air Pollutant Index (API) readings by the Environment Department showed that the air quality remained within moderate levels throughout the day.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the API reading today recorded 18 areas with “good” quality level, and another 31 in the “moderate” tier.
He said no areas were reported to be at unhealthy levels.
A report by the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) based in Singapore yesterday showed that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite images found 192 hotspots in Sumatera, Indonesia, and another 22 in Kalimantan.
Wan Junaidi said the full number of hotspots in Kalimantan could not be detected due to the lack of full coverage of the satellite images.
“The air quality status in several areas in Sarawak is seen to be improving with better API readings although there was haze crossing the borders from West Kalimantan.
“The Department of Environment (Doe) is closely monitoring the air quality status and trends in wake of the uncertainties involving the haze and hotspots in Sumatera and Kalimantan.”
He said Indonesia was still seen as the source of the transboundary haze that has been blown towards the west coast of the peninsular and Sarawak.
He said a map provided by the ASMC showed circles of moderate haze situated near the hotspots in middle and southern Sumatera and middle and west Kalimantan, in Indonesia.