Kuala Terengganu records ‘unhealthy’ air due to haze

The haze situation in Kuantan on Friday. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Terengganu today recorded an unhealthy air pollution reading level of 111 at 6pm Friday, according to the Malaysian Air Pollution Index (APIMS) data.

According to the data, Kuala Terengganu had recorded the unhealthy reading since 4am today with an API reading of 101 which reached its peak of 115 at noon.

APIMS also reported 66 areas of moderate to severe haze today, including in Kangar, Langkawi, Alor Setar, Sungai Petani, Kulim, Seberang Jaya, Seberang Perai, Balik Pulau, Taiping, Seri Manjung, Tanjung Malim, Cheras, Putrajaya and Kuala Selangor.

Yesterday, two areas, Rompin in Pahang and Johan Setia in Klang were reported to be at an unhealthy API with readings of 104 and 107 respectively.

Meanwhile, Singapore-based Asean Special Meteorological Centre (ASMC) reported no hotspots throughout the peninsula and Sumatera at 5.30pm.

ASMC reported 25 hotspots in Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan as well as three hotspots in Sulawesi and the Java islands.

Yesterday, haze was reported following a forest fire in six regions in Indonesia, involving Riau, South Sumatera, Jambi, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and South Kalimantan.

API readings of 0-50 show good air quality; 51-100, moderate; 101-200, unhealthy; 201-300, very unhealthy; and over 300, dangerous.

The public can refer to the Department of Environment (DOE) website at apims.doe.gov.my or by downloading the MyIPU smartphone app on Google Play to get the latest API readings every hour.