Malaysia chokes in unhealthy haze, dirty air in five states

World | 10 Sep 2019 5:16 pm

The Kuala Lumpur Tower  is shrouded in haze in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, today.

Hundreds of schools were closed in Malaysia's Sarawak state after air quality dropped, the state Education Department said. The air quality in several parts of the state were rated as "unhealthy" with the Air Pollution Index reading between 120 and 186 points, according to the Department of Environment.

Malaysia has sent half a million face masks to eastern Sarawak, where air pollution levels have spiked amid worsening forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia, authorities said, Reuters reported.

"NADMA has acquired 500,000 face masks and sent them to the agency's branch in Sarawak," Malaysia's national disaster management agency said in a statement.

The air pollution index  in Sarawak, on the Malaysian side of Borneo, reached unhealthy levels today with one district recording a reading of 201, a "very unhealthy" level.

Unhealthy readings were recorded in five other Malaysian states.


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