Now, 538 schools in Selangor closed as haze continues

Hundreds of schools in Selangor have been closed as the haze worsens in the state.

SHAH ALAM: A total of 538 schools in Petaling Perdana, Klang, Kuala Selangor, Gombak, Hulu Langat, Sepang, Sabak Bernam, Kuala Langat and Petaling Utama in Selangor were ordered to close today due to the worsening haze situation.

According to a statement issued by the education minister, the schools were ordered to close after air pollutant index (API) readings in Shah Alam, Putrajaya, Petaling Jaya and Klang exceeded the 200 mark.

The move involved schools in Sepang (52), Hulu Langat (61), Kuala Langat (21), Gombak (23), Petaling Perdana (139), Petaling Utama (86), Kuala Selangor (five), Sabak Bernam (18) and Klang (133) and affected some 584,595 students.

According to the Department of Environment’s website, as of 10am, Shah Alam had recorded an API reading of 221 while Petaling Jaya was at 206, Klang 199, Kuala Selangor 196 and Banting 183.