KUCHING, Sept 19 2019 : A total of 890 schools in 17 districts in Sarawak were ordered to close due to haze today, an additional of eight districts compared to yesterday.
The state Education Department in a statement said the move involved 104 secondary schools and 705 primary schools, affecting some 252,237 students.
In addition to Betong, Bau, Kuching, Lubok Antu, Padawan, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Lundu, and Kanowit as announced yesterday, the new districts involved with the closures today are Saratok, Simunjan, Kanowit, Maradong, Sibu, Sarikei, Julau, and Daro.
As of 6 am, the five districts here recorded very unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) readings.
They are Kuching with API readings of 269, Samarahan (229), Sibu (231), Sarikei (221) and Sri Aman (207).
Five other districts recorded unhealthy API readings, namely, Bintulu (145), Mukah (190), Miri (114), ILP Miri (106) and Samalaju (127).
According to Sarawak Disaster Management Committee secretariat chief Major Ismail Mahedin, 17 hotspots were detected in the state including two in Betong, Sri Aman (2), Belaga (1), Julau (1), Marudi (5), Pakan (1), Song (2) ) and Tatau (3).
In Perak, as many as 250 schools in four districts in the state were ordered to close today due to haze.
Perak Education director Dr Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Ali said the move involved 137 schools under the Larut, Matang and Selama district education office and 71 schools under the Kerian district education office.
He said it also involved 38 schools under the Kuala Kangsar district education office and four schools under the Hulu Perak district education office.
“The closures of all 250 schools involved 88,028 students,” he said in a statement in Ipoh.
According to the Malaysian Air Pollutant Index Management System (APIMS) portal, the API reading in Taiping was at an unhealthy level of 139 as of 7 am.
Today, 303 schools in several districts, namely, Manjung, Hilir Perak, Bagan Datuk and Central Perak have been reopened as the haze situation in the areas improved. – Bernama