PUTRAJAYA — Sept. 15, 2019: The Air Pollutant Index in Tangkak and Melaka town this morning surpassed the very unhealthy level at 11am today, with readings of 253 and 220 respectively.
The situation was mainly due to transboundary haze and several incidents of fires locally.
There was a peat forest fire in Mukim Jorak in Muar which was being handled by firefighters, said a statement from the Department of Environment.
Schools in Pontian, Muar and Tangkak were ordered closed as long as the API remains at above 200.
According to the department, forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan were still causing transboundary haze, resulting in high API readings along the west coast of the peninsular, southern and eastern peninsula and western Sarawak.
An analysis by Singapore-based Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre on satellite images showed 708 hotspots in Kalimantan and 477 in Sumatra.
In contrast, seven were detected in Malaysia — four in Sarawak, two in Sabah and one in Pahang.
Twenty-four stations recorded unhealthy API readings today, including 11 in Sarawak and two in Sabah.
These stations were in Kuching, Samarahan, Sarikei, Sri Aman, Sibu, Bintulu, ILP Miri, Mukah, Samalaju, SK Kuala Baram 2, Miri, Sandakan and Tawau.
In Johor, five stations recorded unhealthy readings and these were Batu Pahat, Segamat, Larkin, Kluang and Pasir Gudang.
Other areas in the peninsula that recorded unhealthy readings were Bukit Rambai, Alor Gajah, Port Dickson, Seremban, Rompin and Indera Mahkota Kuantan. — Bernama