Haze alert: Kuching City blanketed in smog

Burning in neighbouring country is contributing to Kuching City's grim skyline. Photo credit: Michael Liew.

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KUCHING, Sept 6: The worsening haze in Kuching has degraded the city’s visibility to 1.2km as at 9am today, compared to 4km yesterday.

In media release, the State Disaster Relief Management (JPBN) Committee secretariat Mejar Ismail Mahedin said Limbang, Sibu and Miri visibility was now at 6km, followed by Bintulu and Sri Aman at 8km.

While other divisions recorded moderate air quality readings, most parts of Kuching has been blanketed in smog today.

The air quality reading has also increased compared to yesterday.

Air Pollution Index (API) reading in Kuching is now at 128, followed by Samarahan (122), Sri Aman (168), Sarikei 110), Sibu (124) and Miri (139).

Ismail informed that the number of hotspots in Kalimantan, Indonesia remained the same at 455, which tripled from Sept 4 reading, while Sumatera recorded seven hotspots.

Sarawak recorded four hotspots in Betong, Serian, Bintulu and Miri.— DayakDaily