Thursday, August 21, 2014   

Haze shrouds Malaysia’s capital, pollution levels touch new highs amid continuing water crisis
(03-04 15:26)

Haze shrouded Malaysia's capital and its surroundings, causing “unhealthy'' air quality due to fires from a drought that has led to a water crisis and rationing for millions, AFP reports.
Some parents told local media that their children were suffering from bouts of coughing. Motorists have complained of poor visibility in Putrajaya, the federal capital.
The air pollution index climbed to 150 today in seven areas – mostly in Kuala Lumpur and the central state of Selangor. A reading of 100 to 200 means air quality is “unhealthy.’’ Air pollution reading above 200 is hazardous.
Visibility was lower than a kilometer in central Malaysia early today, where the Petronas Twin Towers were shrouded in smog that forced city residents to wear face masks.
“The moderate haze the country is experiencing is due to internal sources resulting from land and forest fires in a few states,'' the department of environment said in a statement.
Local media reported today that in Port Klang, many families were forced indoors. Port Klang recorded the highest levels of haze according to the air pollution index yesterday, the New Straits Times reported. The haze also badly affected residents near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, the paper said.
   
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