KUALA LUMPUR: Port Klang is the only area in the country which recorded an unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) until 11am yesterday with a reading of 101.
The Department of Environment in a statement yesterday said 13 areas recorded good air quality, moderate (35) while Port Klang recorded an unhealthy API.
An API of between 0 and 50 is good, moderate (51-100), unhealthy (101-200), very unhealthy (201-300) and dangerous (more than 301).
Among the areas with moderate APIs were Alor Star and Bakar Arang, Sungai Petani (78), Seberang Perai, Penang and Bukit Rambai, Malacca (76) and Nilai and Seremban each recording 75 and 71.
According to the DOE, satellite imagings issued by the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre yesterday indicated the number of hot spots in Sumatra, Indonesia had increased to 88 compared with 39 on Friday.
"This has caused the worsening of the quality of air in the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia specifically at Port Klang. Based on information from the Meteorological department, the hot and dry condition in the region would prolong until October."
In this regard, DOE has mobilised the National Haze Action Plan and activated the Open Fire Prevention Action Plan in all states to upgrade the implementation of Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) in an effort to monitor the status of air quality nationwide.
The DOE also reminded the public that the open burning ban for areas in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya federal territories, Tudan, Permai Jaya and Kuala Baram in Miri, Sarawak was still in force.
The public is also urged not to carry out any open burning and cooperate by reporting any burning activity to the Fire and Rescue Department at 999 and DOE at 1-800-88-2727. Bernama