The haze in Melaka worsened dramatically today, with the Air Pollutant Index (API) in the city measuring 212 as of 9am. - NSTP/KHAIRUNISAH LOKMAN

KUALA LUMPUR: The haze in Melaka worsened dramatically today, with the Air Pollutant Index (API) in the city measuring 212 as of 9am.

Melaka joins two other towns/cities with heavily-polluted air – Kuching, Sarawak (202) and Tangkak, Johor (245) – as smoke from forest fires in Indonesia continues to be blown towards Malaysia.

As of 9am, the air quality in 38 other areas nationwide is “unhealthy”; while 22 locations are experiencing “moderate” air pollution.

In Peninsular Malaysia, nine areas registered “unhealthy” air this morning:

Bukit Rambai, Melaka (186)

Alor Gajah, Melaka (150)

Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan (180)

Larkin, Johor (170)

Pasir Gudang, Johor (112)

Kluang, Johor (152)

Segamat, Johor (158)

Rompin, Pahang (113)

Indera Mahkota, Pahang (115)

In East Malaysia, the API in 11 areas reached the “unhealthy” range as of 9am:

Sarawak

Samarahan (186)

Sri Aman (166)

Sarikei (167)

Sibu (155)

Mukah (120)

Bintulu (143)

Samalaju (115)

Miri (108)

ILP Miri (126)

SK Kuala Baram 2 (108)

Sabah

Sandakan (115)

Tawau (107)

An API reading of 0 to 50 is categorised as good; 51 to 100 (moderate); 101 to 200 (unhealthy); 201 to 300 (very unhealthy); and 300 and above (hazardous).

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has advised the public to forgo outdoor sporting activities and gatherings should the API in their areas exceed 100, as stipulated in the National Haze Action Plan 2019.

In a statement released today, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah urged Malaysians to wear face masks when outdoors; and for those experiencing cough, cold, asthma, eye pain, and lung infection to visit their doctor for medical examination and treatment.

For the latest API readings nationwide, visit the Department of Environment’s website at http://apims.doe.gov.my.