Haze alert: API readings in Kuala Baram drop, still high for Sri Aman, ILP Miri

Aerial view of wildfires in Miri (Aug 14, 2019).

KUCHING, Aug 15: Air pollution index (API) readings in Kuala Baram dropped to moderately healthy levels but readings in Sri Aman and Miri Industrial Training Institute (ILP) remained high as of 10am today.

In Kuala Baram, which has been experiencing hazardous air quality over the past few days, the situation has improved since the wee hours this morning.

As of 5am, API readings have been dropping and as of 10am, the reading was 81.

Sri Aman which started to experience hazardous air quality two days ago, continued to register high API readings.

The readings peaked at 11pm last night at 269 but started to drop at midnight and as of 10am today, the API reading in Sri Aman was still high at 211.

ILP Miri is still shrouded by haze. At 1am today, the API reading breached the 400-mark to reach 401.

However, the readings started to drop from 2am onwards, and as of 10am today, the reading was 230.

Miri town, which is about 15km from ILP Miri, was not spared yesterday but so far today, the air quality has shown improvement. As of 10am today, the API reading was 82.

API readings for various parts of Sarawak as of 10am today:

Towns and cities API
Limbang 57
ILP Miri 230
Miri 82
Samalaju 68
Bintulu 67
Mukah 62
Kapit 61
Sibu 70
Sarikei 72
Sri Aman 211
Samarahan 70
Kuching 74
Kuala Baram 81

An API reading of 0-50 indicates good air quality; 51- 100 is considered moderate; 101-200, unhealthy; 201-300, very unhealthy; and above 300, hazardous. — DayakDaily