Len hopes water bombing be conducted in Sri Aman and Betong

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Aug 17:  Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Assistant Minister Datu Len Talif Salleh says if water bombing is effective in Kuala Baram, the same method may be applied to Sri Aman and Betong.

“Presently, water bombing has been carried out at Kuala Baram.  We will request for the same thing to be done for Sri Aman if it is effective in Kuala Baram,” Len told DayakDaily.

Len supported the request of Sarawak disaster management committee (JPBN) secretariat Major Ismail Mahedin who had appealed to Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) through National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) to conduct water bombing in the two divisions of Sri Aman and Betong.

Ismail had said the forest fires occurring in Kampung Tuie, Betong and Sri Aman areas were still extensive and had been aggravated by the hot weather and lack of water from the existing reservoir.

After enjoying a moderately healthy air quality yesterday, haze came back in the wee hours of this morning to three areas of  Industrial Training Institute (ILP) Miri, Kuala Baram and Sri Aman.

Sri Aman is now experiencing worse air quality than ILP Miri and Kuala Baram.  The API reading for Sri Aman as of 1pm was 244 while censor in IPL Miri showed a reading of 220 at the same time.

Kuala Baram on the other hand still registered a moderately unhealthy API of 119.

As of 1pm, the API readings of various parts of Sarawak were as follows:

Towns and cities API
Limbang  25
ILP Miri  220
Miri  73
Samalaju 62
Bintulu 59
Mukah 53
Kapit 59
Sibu 62
Sarikei 56
Sri Aman  244
Samarahan  67
Kuching  66
Kuala Baram 119


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