KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 (Bernama) — Five areas recorded unhealthy air quality as of 9 am Friday.
Three of the areas are Samarahan, which recorded an air pollutant index (API) reading of 177; Kuching (165); and Sri Aman (164) in Sarawak, and two, Larkin Lama (111) and Pasir Gudang (127) in Johor.
According to the Department of Environment, the API reading for Samarahan on Thursday was only 167, while Sri Aman, 154, and Kuching, 146.
Meanwhile, air quality at 33 locations is moderate, including Kuala Lumpur which recorded an API reading of between 63 and 76.
An API reading of 0-50 is categorised as good, 51-100 (moderate), 101-200 (unhealthy), 201-300 (very unhealthy), and 300 and above (hazardous).
The public can access updates through http://apims.doe.gov.my.
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department said in a statement here 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 till Monday (Sept 14) is also occurring over the waters off Kedah, Peneng, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Pahang, Sarawak, Labuan and Sabah.
The department also warned of strong winds and rough seas off Condore, Reef North, Layang-layang and Palawan from Monday (Sept 14).
The strong southwesterly winds of 40-50 km/h with waves up to 3.5 metres are expected to continue till Thursday (Sept 17).
This condition of strong winds and rough seas is dangerous to small vessels, sea recreational and sports activities.