11 May '11, 3am

Malaysia's air quality falls 17% in one day, from 61% on Monday to 44% on Tuesday

Malaysia's air quality falls 17% in one day, from 61% on Monday to 44% on Tuesday

Poor visibility: The Putra Perdana building shrouded by the haze in Putrajaya yesterday. -- PHOTO: THE STAR PETALING JAYA - WITH the hot and hazy weather conditions, the air quality in Malaysia plummeted by 17 per cent within a day with good air quality down to 44 per cent on Tuesday from 61 per cent on Monday. The Department of Environment recorded 23 areas with good air quality and 29 areas with moderate air quality. Data for Monday showed 31 areas with good air quality and 20 with moderate air quality. The Malaysian Meteorological Department, meanwhile, recorded 19 areas affected by haze including Malacca, Kuantan, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Sepang, Ipoh and Petaling Jaya. In a statement yesterday, it said the current dry period was due to the tropical storm Aere over north-east of the Philippines and low-pressure area over the Andaman Sea. 'This resulted in the moisture o...

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