Haze: Johan Setia API reading ‘very unhealthy’

Haze: Johan Setia API reading ‘very unhealthy’

Johan Setia Klang has the worst air quality in Malaysia this morning, although most of the stations in the Peninsula have unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) readings.

According to the Department of Environment’s (DOE) API readings, Johan Setia Klang registered the highest API reading of 212 as at 8am. This put it in the ‘very unhealthy’ category.

Many of the areas surrounding the Klang Valley such as Shah Alam, Putrajaya and Cheras registered API between 154 and 175.

No less than 40 stations nationwide registered unhealthy readings, although most of Sabah and Sarawak now have moderate air quality.

The exception is Sri Aman which has a reading of 134.

There are 68 tracking stations nationwide. Readings are updated hourly on the Department of Environment’s (DOE) website.

An API of 0-50 represents good air quality, 51-100 is moderate, 101-200 is unhealthy, 201-300 is very unhealthy, while 300 and above is hazardous.

Despite efforts to battle the haze, the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) shows more than 450 hotspots in Kalimantan and Sumatra.

There are two hotspots in Peninsula Malaysia and none in Sabah and Sarawak.