Oh goodie, it's raining just as I'm posting this.
Authorities are stepping up vigilance nationwide against the haze that is expected to worsen in the next few days if rain doesn't fall. I sure hope the rain falls down heavy enough to clear the haze and we can see the bright yellow of the sun again instead of an orange/red ball in the sky.
Red balloon: A boy playing in the late after noon with the sun clearly seen as a red ball near Sungai Buloh on Friday - The Star.
A blanket ban on open burning in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya has been imposed by the Department of Environment (DOE). The Malaysian Medical Association is also advising the public on how to deal with the haze and outpatient departments at government hospitals have been directed to be on alert as respiratory and eye problems are expected to rise with the return of the haze.
The Education Ministry indicated that schools will be closed once the Air Pollutant Index (API) in their area reaches 400 while all sporting and outdoor activities will be cancelled once the API hits the “hazardous” level of 300.
The DOE classifies API readings of between 0 and 50 as Good, 51-100 as Moderate, 101-200 as Unhealthy, 201-300 as Very Unhealthy, and more than 301 as Hazardous.
Anyone convicted of open burning will be fined up to RM500,000 or jailed up to five years or both. A maximum compound of RM2,000 may also be meted out, according to the DOE.
Image Source: The Star..Haze at unhealthy levels in Klang Valley with worse to come
The Haze is back in Kuala Lumpur - unhealthy air quality