Miri API drops to 105, other towns moderate

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KUCHING: The air quality in Miri improved yesterday as the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading recorded in ILP Miri dropped from 245 on Wednesday to 105 as of 11am yesterday.

Despite the drop, the API reading at ILP Miri still remains the highest in the country followed by Pelabuhan Kelang (74), Nilai and Kemaman (68), Cheras (67), Bukit Rambai in Malacca (66) and Shah Alam (65).

On Wednesday, the ILP Miri’s API reading of 245 put the city under the ‘very unhealthy’ air quality status.

According to the Department of Environment (DOE), 29 areas are under moderate status nationwide, in which three are in Sarawak. They are Bintulu (59), Kuching (52) and Miri (51).

Meanwhile, the API readings for 20 other areas in the nation were put under the ‘good’ status as of 11am yesterday. Out of the number, five are in the state. They are Sibu (47), Sri Aman (45), Sarikei (44), Samarahan (41) and Limbang (30).

As for hotspots, the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MMD) showed that a total of 11 hotspots were found in Borneo Island as of 7am on Wednesday. Out of the numbers, two were found in Sarawak, while nine others in Kalimantan, Indonesia.

In addition, the satellite image given by the MMD showed an increasing number of hotspots in Sumatera, with the latest count at 56 as of 7am Wednesday.

Sarawak is forecasted to have isolated showers in the afternoon and isolated rain tonight. As for tomorrow, the MMD forecasts no rain in the morning, isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon and isolated rain at night.