Putrajaya schools to stay closed due to haze

A sign is seen on the gate of a school in Putrajaya yesterday. Schools there have been closed due to haze for two days in a row now. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: All 25 schools in Putrajaya were ordered to close today following the very unhealthy air pollutant index (API) reading this morning.

Putrajaya education director Farizah Ahmad said all schools in Putrajaya were ordered to close after the API reading reached 200 as of 6am.

The API reading in Putrajaya today was 192 at 3am. It had increased to 202 by 7am.

This is the second day that schools in Putrajaya have been closed following the haze that hit the country on Sept 5.

A total of 214 schools in Selangor in Petaling Perdana, Kuala Selangor, Gombak and Petaling Utama were also closed today.

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.