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10 Sep 2019 | 12:26 PM UTC

Malaysia: Haze due to fires impact several states September 10

Malaysia News Alert

Haze continues to affect Kuala Lumpur and six other states due to ongoing fires; situation to continue until late September

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/10/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/30/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kuala_Lumpur). COUNTRY/REGION Malaysia, Pahang state, Negeri Sembilan, Johor state, Putrajaya, Selangor, Sarawak

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Event

Hazy conditions (dust, smoke, and vapor) have reduced visibility and have created health hazards in multiple Malaysian states due to large-scale forest and agricultural fires in Sumatra, Indonesia. The Department of Environment (DOE) recorded an unhealthy Air Pollution Index (API) in the states of Pahang (194 API), Negeri Sembilan (145), Johor (111), Putrajaya (139), Selangor (140), and Sarawak, where API peaked at 241 in the state capital of Kuching on the afternoon (local time) of Monday, September 9. In Kuching, 409 schools have been ordered to remain closed on Tuesday, September 10. In Kuala Lumpur, an API of 157 was recorded, making it the highest API reading in the capital since 2015.

According to the Malaysian Meteorological department (MetMalaysia), the situation is forecast to persist through the end of the monsoon period expected in late September.

Context

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.

Advice

Individuals present in Malaysia 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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