Sunday, October 17

Haze regresses due to tropical storms Koppu, Champi

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Haze envelops the Petronas Twin Towers as well as other high-rise buildings in Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama photo

Haze envelops the Petronas Twin Towers as well as other high-rise buildings in Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama photo

KUALA LUMPUR: The haze, which worsens again since several days ago, is caused by the tropical storms, Koppu and Champi in the Philippines which is influencing the wind pattern in the region.

Malaysian Meteorological Department director-general Datuk Che Gayah Ismail said this resulted in the weak multi-directional winds, prior to this, resuming blowing at moderate speed from south west.

She said it also brought with it the haze from the fire areas in Sumatra, Indonesia to peninsula Malaysia and the haze from Southern Kalimantan, also Indonesia, to Sarawak.

“The cross-border haze affecting Malaysia will end if the tropical storms, which can influence the wind pattern and cause dryness, dissipates or when the monsoon starts in November, she told Bernama here, yesterday.

Cik Gayah said motorists must exercise caution since the visibility currently was like driving in a moderate rain.

Meanwhile, Department of Environment (DOE) director-general Datuk Halimah Hassan said the portal apims.doe.my was disrupted yesterday morning until 1pm due to the increase in visitors to 3,000 people in three minutes.

The public could contact the DOE control room at 1800882727, if the portal is disrupted again, for information on haze, she said.

She also advised the public to reduce outdoor activities and, to wear masks if forced to leave the house, to protect against diseases due to the impact of the haze.

As of 5pm, 17 areas recorded unhealthy Air Pollutant Index readings, with Seremban still recording the highest API, namely, 194, followed by Batu Muda, Kuala Lumpur (165); Banting, Selangor (164); Tawau, Sabah and Nilai, Negeri Sembilan (each 157).

Other areas included Bukit Rambai, Melaka City and Putrajaya, each 154.

Twenty-six other areas recorded moderate API including Kota Tinggi, Pasir Gudang in Johor, Alor Star and Langkawi in Kedah, Jalan Tasek, Ipoh and Seri Manjung in Perak, Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Bintulu and Samarahan in Sarawak and Kuala Terengganu.

Eight other areas recorded good API readings to date, namely, at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tanjung Chat, Kota Bharu and Tanah Merah in Kelantan, Keningau and Sandakan in Sabah, Miri Industrial Training Institute and Limbang in Sarawak and Labuan in the Federal Territory. — Bernama