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Miri folks are breathing easier today after a week of haze. - NSTP file pic

KUCHING: Residents in Miri woke up to clearer skies today after nearly a week of being shrouded in choking haze.

The air quality improved from the ‘very unhealthy’ to ‘moderate’ level overnight, following a four-hour water bombing operation carried out at noon, on Thursday.

The operation was to douse forest and peatland fires raging in Kuala Baram.

The Air Pollutant Index (API) reading at the Industrial Training Institute (ILP) station dropped from 207 last night to 87 at 6am today.

Miri Fire and Rescue Department chief Law Poh Kiong said a second water bombing operation by the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) started at 9am today and is expected to end at noon.

The API is categorised as ‘good’ from 0 to 50, ‘moderate’ (51 to 100), ‘unhealthy’ (101 to 200), ‘very unhealthy’ (201 to 300), and ‘hazardous’ (301 and above).

Meanwhile, major stations in Kuching, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Sarikei, Sibu and Bintulu recorded moderate air quality readings.

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