99 more schools told to close in Selangor

A guard locks the gate of a school in Selangor which was closed yesterday due to the worsening haze situation.

SHAH ALAM: Ninety-nine schools in Petaling Perdana, Kuala Selangor, Gombak and Petaling Utama were ordered to close today due to the worsening haze situation, bringing the total number of affected schools in Selangor to 214.

The education ministry said in a statement today that the schools were ordered to close after the air pollutant index (API) reading in the area exceeded 200.

“The temporary closure of 99 schools, on top of 115 schools, was made based on the API reading at the Shah Alam station.

“This brings the total number of students involved to 231,921,” the statement said.

It said updates would be issued from time to time.

In a statement last night, the ministry said 115 schools in Sepang, Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat, Klang and Sabak Bernam would be ordered to close today due to the worsening haze situation in the areas.

According to the Department of Environment’s website as of 7am today, an API reading of 219 was recorded in Shah Alam while Petaling Jaya and Klang recorded 202 and Banting, 186.

An API reading of zero to 50 indicates good air quality; 51 to 100, moderate; 101 to 200, unhealthy; 201 to 300, very unhealthy and 300 and above, hazardous.

Meanwhile, 265 more schools in Manjung, Bagan Datuk, Hilir Perak and central Perak districts were also told to close this morning, bringing the total number of affected schools in the state to 288.

Perak education director Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Ali said the schools were ordered to close after an API reading of 202 was recorded at 5am.