Haze alert: Nadma calls for activation of disaster management committee at all levels

File pix of the haze situation in Kuching.

KUCHING, Sept 7: The National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) has advised that all disaster management committees be activated at state and district levels.

Based on the monitoring of Air Pollution Index (API) issued by the Department of Environment (DOE), the National Disaster Control Center (NDCC) has found some areas around the country experiencing declining air quality especially in Kuching, Sri Aman, Samarahan, Sarikei, Mukah and Miri divisions in Sarawak.

In a statement today, Nadma said all responses are to be taken in accordance with the National Haze Action Plan.

Since Sept 4, the API in the region has been at ‘unhealthy’ and ‘very unhealthy’.

API readings as at 10am today are Kuching (210), Semarahan (194), Sri Aman (186), Miri (143), Sarikei (137), SK Kuala Baram (112), ILP Miri (111) and Mukah (104).

Nadma, through the NDCC, will regularly monitor the air quality index in collaboration with the DOE nationwide.

Members of the public can also channel any information to 03-80642400, fax 03-80635420 or email opsroom@nadma.gov.my.

State Civil Defence Force (APM) committee secretariat Major Ismail Mahedin (front row 6th left) distributing face mask.

Meanwhile, the state Disaster Management Committee has distributed face mask to Sarawak Education Department today, to prepare for the worsening haze and especially for students who are sitting for their UPSR examination next week. — DayakDaily