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Haze Crisis: 10 Locations Recorded Unhealthy Air Quality 

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This morning, the Environment Department (DOE) in Malaysia reported unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) readings at ten different locations in Peninsular Malaysia. The haze had once again descended upon the region, raising concerns about its severity and the measures in place to combat it. 

 

Unhealthy API Readings in Selangor

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According to data available on the DOE’s Air Pollutant Index Management System (APIMS) website, Selangor experienced the highest number of locations with unhealthy API readings. Here are the locations and their respective API readings as of 9 a.m.:

  • Banting – API 157
  • Klang – API 154
  • Shah Alam – API 153
  • Johan Setia – API 152
  • Petaling Jaya – API 137

Additionally, Batu Pahat in Johor recorded an API of 107, while Bukit Rambai, Melaka API  of 153 and Nilai, Negeri Sembilan had API readings of 152. Putrajaya recorded an API of 105, and Cheras in Kuala Lumpur had an API of 157.

 

Positive News for Some Regions

While multiple locations experienced unhealthy air quality, there were some locations in the country that enjoyed good air quality with an API of less than 50. These areas include:

  • Sibu, Sarawak – API 45
  • Sri Aman, Sarawak – API 44
  • Kimanis, Sabah – API 45
  • Kota Baru, Kelantan – API 49

 

It’s essential to understand what these API readings signify. The API reading scale is divided into different categories:

0 to 50: Good air quality

51 to 100: Moderate air quality

101 to 200: Unhealthy air quality

201 to 300: Very unhealthy air quality

Above 300: Hazardous air quality

 

The recent unhealthy API readings in various locations across Peninsular Malaysia are a reminder of the importance of air quality monitoring and environmental consciousness. Efforts to address air pollution and protect the well-being of residents remain crucial. As the situation evolves, residents are encouraged to stay informed and take necessary precautions to mitigate the effects of poor air quality on their health.

 

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