KUALA LUMPUR — September 15, 2015: Cloud seeding will be carried out for three days starting today to reduce the impact of the current haze which has blanketed much of the country.
The first day will cover the Klang Valley, southern Perak, western Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Malacca and the south and west of Sarawak. Two Royal Malaysian Air Force Hercules C130 aircraft based in Subang and Kuching will be used in the operation.
“Rain can be expected several hours after the cloud seeding process is carried out and last up to an hour. It is hoped this will ease the haze,” said Malaysian Meteorological Department atmospheric science and cloud seeding director Maznorizan Mohamad when contacted by Bernama.
She said the cloud seeding is conducted by taking into account cloud conditions, suitable and stable atmosphere and damp air at the time it is
Today the air pollutant index (API) readings in three areas dropped from being in the unhealthy category to moderate as at 2 pm, bringing the total number of areas with unhealthy API readings to 31.
According to the Department of Environment’s (DOE) portal, the three areas were Bakar Arang, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Kuala Selangor.
Kemaman recorded the most unhealthy API reading at 190, followed by Balok Baru in Kuantan (189), Sekolah Kebangsaan Jalan Pegoh (177) and Jalan Tasek (175), both in Ipoh.
Jerantut continued to show an unhealthy reading of 174, Batu Muda (167), Sri Aman and Indera Mahkota (161), Banting (160), Nilai (158), Putrajaya (151), Seri Manjung (152), Seremban and Port Klang (149) and Sarikei (141).
Other areas with unhealthy air quality were Shah Alam (137), Cheras, Petaling Jaya and Bukit Rambai (133), Paka and Port Dickson (132), Samarahan (131), Bandaraya Melaka (128), Seberang Jaya 2 and Kampung Air Putih, Taiping (124), Muar (120), Kuching (119), Sibu (116), Prai (106), Pasir Gudang (104) and Larkin Lama (102).
The public can visit the DOE’s website at http://www.doe.gov.my for information on the API readings. — Bernama