PUTRAJAYA: The nationwide Air Pollutant Index (API) readings at 21 air quality surveillance stations have recorded unhealthy levels as of 11am while 46 stations recorded moderate quality.
API readings are categorised as good (zero to 50), moderate (51-100), unhealthy (101-200), very unhealthy (201-300) and hazardous (301 and above).
The 21 stations are: Balik Pulau, Penang with API 110; Seri Manjung, Perak (API 124); Batu Muda, Kuala Lumpur (API 133); Cheras, Kuala Lumpur (API 137); Putrajaya (API 152); Kuala Selangor, Selangor (API 120); Petaling Jaya, Selangor (API 138); Shah Alam, Selangor (API 141); Klang, Selangor (API 132); Banting, Selangor (API 130); Nilai, Negeri Sembilan (API 155); Seremban, Negeri Sembilan (API 127); Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan (API 113); Alor Gajah, Melaka (API 109); Bukit Rambai, Melaka (API 106); Bandaraya Melaka, Melaka (API 104); Sri Aman, Sarawak (API 159); Samarahan, Sarawak (API 128); Kuching, Sarawak (API 147); Tangkak, Johor (API 133), and Johan Setia Klang, Selangor (API 177).
“Air quality of one station at Rompin, Pahang shows a ‘very unhealthy’ reading today (Wednesday) with API 226. This is due to 5-acre (2ha) bush fire at Kampung Gading located near the Rompin air surveillance station in Pahang.
“The Fire and Rescue Department is in the process of putting out the fire and the DoE is conducting its investigation (into the bush fire). Nonetheless, there is no open burning from plantation activities reported at Johan Setia, Klang,” the Environment Department (DoE) said in a statement.
It added that the forest fire in Sumatera and Kalimantan, Indonesia had resulted in transboundary haze and had led to higher API readings.
“The DoE has raised its enforcement and daily patrol to places with a high risk of open burning as well as monitoring the API reading from time to time.”
DoE said based on the report by Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre based in Singapore yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite images had shown there were 20,554 hotspots detected in Sumatera, Indonesia and 24 hotspots in Malaysia in Johor (4), Selangor (1), Pahang (1), Perak (3), Kedah (1), Sabah (3) and Sarawak (11).