Haze alert: Visibility in Kuching worsens to 700 metres

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

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By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Sept 7: Kuching city’s visibility is now at 0.7km as compared to 1.2km yesterday, caused by the worsening haze that has been sweeping across Sarawak.

State Disaster Relief Management (JPBN) Committee secretariat Major Ismail Mahedin said Kuching and Samarahan were areas that remained at ‘very unhealthy’ level.

The latest Air Pollutant Index (API) reading as at 5pm, Kuching is at 221 (compared to 204 earlier at 9am), while Samarahan is at 203.

Other areas under unhealthy categories are Sri Aman (176), Miri (151), Sarikei (133), ILP Miri (117) and SK Kuala Baram 2 (117).

Mukah, which recorded 106 this morning, has reduced to 97.

The poor air quality in the state has been attributed to severe forest fires in Sumatera and Kalimantan, adding to change in wind direction from Indonesia towards Sarawak.

However, there is a slight reduce in hotspots detected in Kalimantan (1,041), Sumatera (134) and Sarawak (6). — DayakDaily