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A view of Pasir Gudang covered in smoke due to the forest fire in Indonesia. Pix by ZULKARNAIN AHMAD TAJUDDIN.
Pasir Gudang recorded an API reading of 102 as of 11am and is categorised as unhealthy. Pix by ZULKARNAIN AHMAD TAJUDDIN.
Three other areas in Johor recorded unhealthy API readings. Pix by ZULKARNAIN AHMAD TAJUDDIN.

JOHOR BARU: Pasir Gudang registered an 'unhealthy' air pollutant index (API) reading of 102 this morning (11am), as haze, sparked by forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia continue to blanket Johor and Singapore.

This latest reading showed air quality in the area has deteriorated significantly as yesterday's API at noon was 73.

In other parts of Johor, namely Kota Tinggi recorded an API of 84, Larkin (93) and Muar (61). These are all in the 'moderate' API levels.

State Environment and Health Executive Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said the API in 36 areas at 7am were categorised as 'good', followed by 12 other areas in the 'moderate' level.

"Only Pasir Gudang's air quality is in the unhealthy level," he said today.

He said indication from the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) showed that hot spots in Riau in Central Sumatra caused the moderate haze to blanket south Johor and Singapore.

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