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Haze Reduces Air Quality to Unhealthy Levels in Peninsula Malaysia : Report

Severe haze has led to deteriorating air quality in Peninsula Malaysia, reaching hazardous levels. The region is grappling with unhealthy air conditions due to the haze, likely caused by factors such as forest fires and industrial emissions. Local authorities are urging residents to take precautions and limit outdoor activities while closely monitoring air quality indices to safeguard public health.

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KUALA LUMPUR, October 11 – Air quality in two locations on the Malaysian peninsula was recorded as unhealthy at 9 a.m. today due to haze, according to data from the Department of Environment’s Air Pollutant Index Management System (APIMS). These areas experiencing compromised air quality are Bukit Rambai in Melaka, with an Air Pollutant Index (API) reading of 153, and Larkin, Johor, with a reading of 126.

Furthermore, 57 areas reported a moderate API reading, signifying a moderate level of air quality, while nine other locations enjoyed a good API reading, indicating good air quality.

The Air Pollutant Index (API) is a measure of air quality, with specific thresholds defining different categories. An API reading of zero to 50 is considered good, while 51 to 100 is moderate. However, when the API reaches the range of 101 to 200, it is classified as unhealthy. If it surpasses 200 and reaches 201 to 300, the air quality is considered very unhealthy. When the API goes above 300, it is categorized as hazardous.

The API data is updated hourly and is based on readings from 68 air quality monitoring stations strategically positioned throughout Malaysia, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the air quality situation. The government and relevant authorities monitor the API closely to take appropriate measures in response to deteriorating air quality, especially during periods of haze or pollution.

This announcement highlights the importance of being vigilant about air quality and taking necessary precautions when air quality readings fall into the unhealthy or very unhealthy categories to protect public health and well-being.