KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 : The haze in Shah Alam has deteriorated to the hazardous level at an air pollutant index (API) reading of 308 as of 9 am today.
The Department of Environment in its portal stated that the API reading for the area at 10 pm last night was 189.
Very unhealthy API readings were recorded in five areas, Batu Muda here (271), Petaling Jaya (256), Banting (249), Port Klang (243), and Putrajaya (235).
Unhealthy air quality was recorded in 24 areas compared to 29 previously, including Larkin Lama and Muar in Johor, Alor Setar and Bakar Arang (Sg. Petani) in Kedah, Bandaraya Melaka and Bukit Rambai in Melaka, and Nilai and Port Dickson in Negeri Sembilan.
Also affected are Balok Baru and Indera Mahkota in Kuantan and Jerantut (Pahang), Jalan Tasek and S K Jalan Pegoh in Ipoh and Seri Manjung (Perak), Seberang Jaya 2, Perai and USM in Penang; Kuala Selangor, Kemaman, Kuala Terengganu and Paka in Terengganu; and Cheras here.
Fourteen areas recorded moderate API readings compared to 13, at 10 pm last night.
The areas are Kota Tinggi, Pasir Gudang, Langkawi, SMK Tanjung Chat, Tanah Merah, Tanjung Malim, Kangar, Tawau, Kapit, Kuching, Samarahan, Sarikei, Sibu and Sri Aman.
An API reading of 0 to 50 indicates good air quality; 51 to 100, moderate; 101 to 200, unhealthy; 201 to 300, very unhealthy; and 300 and above, hazardous.
The public can obtain updates through apims.doe.gov.my. – Bernama