KUCHING: The haze in Miri continues to worsen with two stations recording ‘hazardous’ and ‘unhealthy’ Air Pollutant Index (API) readings.
The Industrial Training Institute (ILP) station recorded an API reading of 320 at 7am – but this dropped slightly to 296 at 12 noon.
Despite the dip, residents continue to experience hazy, hot and dry weather.
Meanwhile, a reading at the SK Kuala Baram 2 API station showed an alarming spike to the hazardous level of 324 at 12 noon.
The API reading began rising rapidly beginning 4am, when it was 102.
The haze in Miri and Kuala Baram is due to ongoing forest and peatland fires in Kuala Baram, which have so far destroyed 600 hectares of land.
Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations) Tiong Ling Hii said that firemen are focusing on hotspots near the highway, from Kuala Baram heading to Miri, using the “direct attack” method.
Meanwhile, Sibu and Sri Aman also recorded unhealthy API readings of 171 and 102, respectively.
The API is categorised as ‘good’ from 0 to 50, ‘moderate’ (51-100), unhealthy (101-200), very unhealthy (201-300) and hazardous (301 and more).