KUALA LUMPUR — September 11, 2015: The number of places with unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) readings increased to 17 this afternoon from only six in the morning.
The number of affected states increased from four to five.
According to the Department of Environment website, the highest API reading was recorded in Samarahan (184), Sri Aman (177) and Kuching (164) in Sarawak and Nilai (135) in Negri Sembilan.
Tanjung Malim recorded the most drastic increase in reading, from good (31) to unhealthy (125).
Other areas which showed an increase in reading were Bandar Melaka (86 to 103), Bukit Rambai (93 to 114); Port Dickson (81 to 105), Seremban (98 to 123); Banting (82 to 110), Port Klang (81 to 107), Petaling Jaya (84 to 110), Shah Alam (80 to 107); Batu Muda (92 to 114) and Putrajaya (80 to 103).
Twenty-nine other locations recorded a moderate API reading, while only six had a good API reading.
An API between 0 and 50 is good, 51 and 100 (moderate), 101 and 200 (unhealthy), 201 and 300 (very unhealthy) and 300 and above (dangerous).
The public can refer to the http://apims.doe.gov.my portal for current API
readings in their areas.
The Meteorological Services Department said in a statement that haze-induced low visibility of less than five kilometres over the Straits of Malacca and Reef South is dangerous to vessels that do not have navigational equipment.
The condition, expected to persist until Monday, is also occurring over the waters off Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Malacca,
Johor, Pahang, Sarawak, Labuan and Sabah.
The department also warns of strong winds and rough seas off Condore, Reef North, Layang-layang and Palawan from Monday.
The strong southwesterly winds of 40-50 kmph with waves up to 3.5 metres are expected to continue until Thursday.
This condition of strong winds and rough seas is dangerous to small vessels, sea recreational and sports activities. — Bernama