KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Day dawned with the nation continuing to be choked by the haze, as Putrajaya became the latest district to see its air quality enter the “very unhealthy” range.

The federal administrative capital registered an Air Pollutant Index (API) reading of 203 at 9am.

Host of Malaysia Day celebrations, Kuching, has it little better, as the Sarawak capital saw its air quality deteriorate once again to reach an API of 248 this morning.

Also in Sarawak, Samarahan and Sri Aman continue to be blanketed by haze, with both registering “very unhealthy” readings of 223 and 217, respectively.

Sarawak also led the way with the most locations with “unhealthy” API readings:

Sarikei (162)

Sibu (142)

Mukah (129)

Bintulu (154)

Samalaju (130)

Miri (128)

ILP Miri (128)

SK Kuala Baram 2 (103)

In the Peninsula, the Klang Valley remains blanketed by haze, with nine areas registering “unhealthy” air.

Johan Setia in Klang, Selangor, registered the highest API reading of 208 at 9am.

Meanwhile, Melaka town saw its air quality improve overnight, but its API remains in the “unhealthy” range of 138.

Tangkak, Johor, however, has experienced no respite – its 9am API was registered at 153.

The northern Peninsular states of Perlis, Penang, Kedah and Kelantan are bucking the national trend and are experiencing moderate-to-good air quality this morning.

The API, issued by the Department of Environment, categorises a reading of between 0 and 50 as good; 51-100 (moderate); 101-200 (unhealthy); 201-300 (very unhealthy); and 300 (hazardous).

9am API Readings:

Klang Valley

Johan Setia, Selangor (208)

Putrajaya (203)

Banting (161)

Klang (138)

Shah Alam (155)

Petaling Jaya (146)

Cheras (156)

Batu Muda (106)

Johor

Tangkak (153)

Segamat (124)

Melaka

Bandaraya Melaka (138)

Bukit Rambai (127)

Alor Gajah (127)

Negri Sembilan

Port Dickson (135)

Seremban (137)

Nilai (170)

Sarawak

Kuching (248)

Samarahan (223)

Sri Aman (217)

Sarikei (162)

Sibu (142)

Mukah (129)

Bintulu (154)

Samalaju (130)

Miri (128)

ILP Miri (128)

SK Kuala Baram 2 (103)

Sabah

Tawau (134)

Sandakan (108)

Malaysia Day dawned with the nation continuing to be choked by the haze, as Putrajaya became the latest district to see its air quality enter the “very unhealthy” range. - NSTP/MOHD FADLI HAMZAH