Haze continues as Rompin hits very unhealthy level

KUALA LUMPUR: The haze problem across the country continued this morning, with air pollutant index (API) readings in Rompin, Pahang, hitting very unhealthy levels as of 6am.

According to the Department of Environment (DoE) website, Rompin whose API readings have been hovering at 230 since 3am, is the only area in Malaysia with very unhealthy API readings.

An API reading of 0-50 shows good air quality; 51-100, moderate; 101-200, unhealthy; 201-300, very unhealthy and over 300, hazardous.

In Kuala Lumpur, API readings are at unhealthy levels, with Batu Muda recording 136 at 7am. Cheras recorded 143 at 6am while Putrajaya recorded 150 at 7am.

Selangor also recorded unhealthy API levels in areas including Kuala Selangor (106), Petaling Jaya (135), Klang (121) and Banting (120). API readings in Shah Alam hit 132 as of 6am.

In Negeri Sembilan, unhealthy API levels were recorded in Nilai (157), Seremban (130) and Port Dickson (111).

Melaka, too, recorded unhealthy API levels in Alor Gajah (110), Bukit Rambai (105) and Bandaraya Melaka (102).

In Sarawak, where schools in areas with API readings of above 200 have been told to close, Sri Aman registered levels of 170 and Samarahan, 140. In Kuching, API readings were at 158 as of 6am.