Sunday, June 23, 2013

Haze situation - very hazardous now

The latest update on the haze is that PM Najib Tun Razak has decided to declare a state of emergency in Muar and Ledang (Johore) after the API/PSI breached the 750 level. As of 7.00am this morning, the air pollutant index (API) in Muar spiked to 746, which is more than twice the standard hazardous levels according to the Department of Environment website.

Bernama reported two cities in Malacca also were in hazardous API territory as at 7am. They are Bandaraya Melaka and Bukit Rambai with readings of 357 and 334 respectively.

The National Security Council (NSC) would issue instructions for residents to stay indoors and direct schools in several states to remain closed.

"NSC should look at cloud seeding operations immediately," said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.

Here in the Klang Valley, visibility is down to less than 1km in Subang and Petaling jaya.

Visibility below 1km in Klang Valley - The Star
Petronas Twin Towers shrouded in haze - The Star

The air is still outside and I can feel a prickly sensation in my nose. 

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