Moderate air quality across Sarawak as haze situation improves

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KUCHING, Sept 25: The haze situation in Sarawak has improved, with all Air Pollutant Index (API) readings across the state recording moderate air quality from the unhealthy levels suffered over the past few weeks.

The API readings, issued by Sarawak disaster management committee secretariat Major Ismail Mahedin, said all areas in Sarawak are below 100 as at 4pm.

The readings are Sri Aman (85), Miri (59), Samarahan (60), Kuching (63), Sarikei (59), ILP Miri (66), Sibu (60), Mukah (53), Samalaju (61), Bintulu (65), Limbang (58), Serian (60) and Kapit (51).

API reading of between 0 and 50 is categorised as good, 51-100 (moderate), 101 to 200 (unhealthy), 201 to 300 (very unhealthy) and above 300 (hazardous).

Several areas in Sarawak was hard hit by very poor air quality until hazardous level due to the transboundary haze and local forests and peatland fires for about two weeks.

The Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) firefighting operations was also assisted by their air unit MI-171 helicopter and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Bombardier CL-415 aircraft for aerial water bombings.

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Hercules C-130 aircraft also assisted in cloud seeding operations.

Meanwhile, Sarawak recorded 11 hotspots today, while Kalimantan has 606 followed by Sumatera 104. — DayakDaily