All relevant agencies mobilise to fight haze and smog woes in Sri Aman

The view of the Batang Lupar from the Sri Aman esplanade.

SRI AMAN, Sept 17: The Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (JPBNS) will mobilise all relevant agencies to assist in reducing haze and air pollution in Sri Aman.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is JPBNS chairman, has expressed concern about the rising air pollution index (API) in Sri Aman which had already reached 407 at 5pm.

“The figure shows that the air quality is at hazardous level,” he said in a media release today.

Uggah had also directed the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) to bring their helicopter from Miri to assist with forest fire and to deploy additional firefighters from nearby fire stations to assist in Sri Aman.

“JPBNS Sri Aman division will meet tomorrow for meeting with the Resident,” he said.

“We know there are two hotspots in Sri Aman following the forest and bush fires but the real cause of this haze comes from Kalimantan,” he emphasised.

Uggah also disclosed that he had contacted National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) to expedite cloud seeding operation when the situation is favourable.— DayakDaily