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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 2015 : Two more areas, Tanjung Malim and Cheras, registered unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) readings, bringing the total to 16 the number of areas with API at this level as at 6 pm today.

The Department of Environment’s (DOE) portal said Tanjung Malim, Perak registered 102 while Cheras, Kuala Lumpur registered 105.

The 14 areas at unhealthy level at 2pm were Bandaraya Melaka (122) and Bukit Rambai (116) in Melaka; Nilai (120), Port Dickson (111) and Seremban (121) in Negeri Sembilan; Tawau (135) in Sabah; Kuching (101) and Samarahan (110) in Sarawak; Banting (124), Port Klang (116), Petaling Jaya (110) and Shah Alam (111) in Selangor; Batu Muda (121) in Kuala Lumpur; and Putrajaya (116).

Meanwhile, 26 areas registered moderate API namely Kota Tinggi (60), Larkin Lama (92), Muar (94) and Pasir Gudang (86) in Johor; Alor Setar (57), Bakar Arang in Sg Petani (79) and Langkawi (51) in Kedah; Balok Baru (99) and Indera Mahkota (86) in Kuantan, Jerantut (80) in Pahang; Jalan Tasek (83) and S K Jalan Pegoh (94) in Ipoh, Kg Air Putih (73) in Taiping and Seri Manjung (90) in Perak.

Perai (67), Seberang Jaya 2 (80) and USM (69) in Penang; Bintulu (68), Kapit (59), Sarikei (82), Sibu (80) and Sri Aman (100) in Sarawak; Kuala Selangor (87); Kemaman (87), Kuala Terengganu (53) and Paka (72) in Terengganu.

Nine areas which registered good API were SMK Tanjung Chat (49), Kota Bharu and Tanah Merah (45) in Kelantan; Kangar (37) in Perlis; Keningau (23), Kota Kinabalu (32) and Sandakan (32) in Sabah; ILP Miri (23) and Limbang (26) in Sarawak and Labuan (24).

An API of between 0 to 50 is good, 51 to 100 (moderate), 101 to 200 (unhealthy), 201 to 300 (very unhealthy) and 301 and above (dangerous).

The public can refer to the apims.doe.gov.my portal for the latest API readings. – Bernama

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