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16 Aug 2018 | 11:00 AM UTC

Malaysia: Haze from fires impacting Sarawak state

Malaysia News Alert

Haze returns to parts of Sarawak due to open burning; situation to last until the end of August

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/16/2018, 12:00 AM until 8/16/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kuala_Lumpur). COUNTRY/REGION Sarawak


Hazy conditions (dust, smoke, and vapor) due to large-scale forest and agricultural fires have reduced visibility and created health hazards in Sarawak state (located in the northwest of Borneo Island; capital Kuching). Authorities have detected over 100 hotspots across the border with Indonesia, as well as seven in Sarawak. As of Wednesday, August 15, at 14:00 (local time), nine areas in the state recorded moderate air pollutant index (API) readings, with the highest levels in Mukah (84), followed by Sibu (75), Bintulu (71), and Samalaju (61).

According to weather officials, hazy conditions could persist through the end of August.


Malaysia frequently experiences air pollution (haze) caused by forest fires in Indonesia between June to October.

An API reading of 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 moderate, and 101-200 unhealthy.


Individuals present in Sarawak are advised to monitor Air Pollutant Index Management System (APIMS) updates and health advisories issued by the Malaysian Department of Environment. Seek medical assistance if needed and anticipate possible transportation disruptions.


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