News: Haze and unhealthy air readings detected in six towns

The Star, 16 June 2013

PETALING JAYA: The haze situation is worsening over the peninsula, with air pollutant index (API) readings above 100 in six areas, which is considered unhealthy.

Health authorities have issued a general advisory for members of the public, especially those with respiratory problems, to avoid outdoor activities if possible.

As at 11am Sunday, the Department of Environment detected unhealthy air quality readings for Port Klang (104), Malacca (129), Linggi (117), Sungai Udang (120), Muar (125) and Kijal (101), with the rest of the Peninsula showing good and moderate levels.

The Department confirmed that over 40 hotspots were detected in Sumatra, Indonesia with westerly monsoon winds blowing the smoke particles across the Straits of Malacca to the west coast of the peninsula.

Health authorities are monitoring the situation and will issue further public advisories accordingly.