Thursday, August 11, 2005

Malaysia Haze Condition


Most of Peninsular Malaysia was clouded with haze as a result of open burning activity in forests and plantations in Riau and northern Sumatra.

This is the worse case of haze in Malaysia since 1997.

Many activities came to a halt because of the deteriorating air quality caused by the fires in Sumatra, where there were 542 hotspots as of yesterday.

Nevertheless, in East Malaysia Borneo, the states of Sabah and Sarawak were not that badly affected by the haze.

The Air Pollution Index (API) released showed that Kota Kinabalu recorded only about 56-57, and Kuching 59-62, compared to the more critical areas in West Malaysia such as Port Klang and Kuala Selangor as at 11 August 2005 (refer chart above).

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