Haze: only 14 areas record unhealthy reading at noon

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — Air quality throughout the country improved at noon when the air pollutant index (API) reading continued to decline with only 14 areas recording unhealthy API compared with 25 areas at 7 am this morning.

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According to the Malaysian Air Pollutant Index Management System (APIMS) four areas in Selangor still recorded unhealthy API readings with the Johan Setia station in Klang recording the highest level at 170, Banting (122), Klang (116) and Shah Alam (103).

Unhealthy air quality was also recorded at three stations in Negeri Sembilan namely Nilai (136), Seremban (106) and Port Dickson besides Segamat, Johor (110); Temerloh, Pahang (133) ; Kemaman, Terengganu (103); Tanah Merah, Kelantan (103); Putrajaya (122) as well as two areas in Perak namely Tasek Ipoh (123) and Seri Manjung (131).

Meanwhile, another 51 areas recorded moderate API readings.

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The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) had previously informed that the haze which had occurred in the country for the past two weeks was expected to improve following the inter monsoon phase which would begin today until early November.

An API reading of between 0 and 50 is categorised as good, 51 to 100 (moderate), 101 until 200 (unhealthy), 201 until 300 (very unhealthy) while 300 and above ( dangerous).

Those interested to find out the latest news on the haze can surf www.bernama.com.

— BERNAMA

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