Haze: Kelantan, KL, Johor record unhealthy API readings

16 Apr 2023 06:15pm
On April 15, Penang was shrouded in haze.  - Bernama pic
On April 15, Penang was shrouded in haze. - Bernama pic
KUALA LUMPUR - The Air Pollutant Index (API) readings in areas in Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, and Johor recorded unhealthy air quality as of 4pm today.

According to the air pollutant index management system (APIMS) website, Segamat in Johor recorded an unhealthy API reading of 152 whereas Cheras, Kuala Lumpur also Kota Bharu and Tanah Merah, Kelantan recorded an API reading of 106, 107 and 104 respectively.

An API of zero to 50 indicates good air quality; 51 to 100 (moderate); 101 to 200 (unhealthy); 201 to 300 (very unhealthy) and 300 and above (hazardous).

Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa through a video uploaded on TikTok today showed the haze condition in Sekijang where the buildings are almost covered by pollution and visibility is less than 200 metres.

"For the past few days we have heard the news that the country has been affected by the haze in a few areas and one of the areas involved that have been badly affected is my constituency which is Sekijang, a town in Segamat," she said.

She said the area recorded an unhealthy API reading of approximately 145 to 150 yesterday and advised people in the area to be cautious of outdoor activities.

The Sekijang MP also explained that haze consists of smoke and dust particles that can be risky if it excessively enters the respiratory tract.

"Haze is not good for health and can cause diseases such as eye inflammation, itchy nose, sore throat, cough, flu and itchy skin,” she said citing cardiovascular diseases as its long-term effects.

Dr Zaliha also reminded people to stay home during the haze, especially children with asthma. -Bernama
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