Haze: Immediate cloud seeding needed, says Met Dept

The Star, 20 Jun 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: The very unhealthy air quality in several parts of the southern peninsula due to the worsening haze should be tackled with immediate cloud seeding, Malaysian Meteorological Department deputy director-general (Application) Dr Mohd Rosaidi Che Abas said Thursday.

“If the haze exceeds the stipulated API (Air Pollution Index), immediate cloud seeding must be carried out to control the problem,” he said when contacted.

As at 5pm Thursday, the Department of Environment recorded five stations as good, 40 stations as moderate and two stations, namely Melaka City and Bukit Rambai, Melaka at unhealthy API levels of 150 and 129, respectively.

Meanwhile, in Johor, Kota Tinggi was 291 and Larkin Lama 219 while Pasir Gudang reached a hazardous level of 333.

The air pollution level is categorised as hazardous when the reading is 301 or more; very unhealthy at 201 to 300; unhealthy at 101 to 200; moderate at 51 to 100 and good at zero to 50. – Bernama