KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 (Bernama) — Kuching and Samarahan in Sarawak recorded Air Pollutant Index (API) readings which indicated very unhealthy air as at 10am today.
According to the Department of Environment portal, Kuching recorded an API reading of 209 from 204 at 10am, and Samarahan with a reading of 207 compared to 200 at 9am.
Based on the unhealthy air levels earlier this morning, the Sarawak Education Department issued a directive for schools in Kuching, Samarahan, Padawan, Lundu and Bau to be closed.
However, all schools in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Melaka which closed since Tuesday due to the hazy conditions, reopened today.
Meanwhile, 12 areas recorded unhealthy air levels this morning, with API readings of between 100 and 200.
These were Melaka City (120), Bukit Rambai (124), Nilai (107), Port Dickson (109), Seremban (114), Kapit (135), Sarikei (111), Sibu (105), Sri Aman (129), Banting (114), Shah Alam (105) and Putrajaya (105).
Twenty-five areas recorded moderate API readings this morning. Among the areas are Balok Baru, Indera Mahkota and Jerantut in Pahang, Seri Manjung in Perak, Keningau, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau in Sabah, Kuala Selangor, Port Klang and Petaling Jaya in Selangor.
Batu Muda and Cheras in Kuala Lumpur, Pasir Gudang and Muar in Johor, Kemaman, Kuala Terengganu and Paka in Terengganu, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang in Sarawak, and Labuan also recorded moderate air quality.
API readings of 0-50 indicate good air quality, 51-100 (moderate), 101-200 (unhealthy), 201-300 very unhealthy, and 300 and above (hazardous).
The public can visit http://apims.doe.gov.my to know the API readings in their respective areas.