12 May '11, 10am

Haze from Indonesia fires blankets parts of Malaysia

Haze from Indonesia fires blankets parts of Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR : Haze caused by fires burning in Indonesia blanketed parts of Malaysia on Thursday, sending air pollution at its largest port up to unhealthy levels. Skies over Kuala Lumpur were gloomy, and the Air Pollutant Index reached 104 in Port Klang, within the band of 101-200 considered unhealthy. Elsewhere in central Selangor state, which surrounds the capital, 29 other areas had "moderate" readings and the remaining 21 areas were "good". When readings reach the 300-mark, the air is considered "hazardous," forcing school closures and wearing of protective masks. An official with the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry said air quality had decreased since earlier this week because of a lack of rainfall and numerous fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island. "We conclude that this haze situation is caused by transboundary haze pollution from Sumatra," said an officia...

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