11 Jul '11, 11am

Haze hits parts of Malaysia

Haze hits parts of Malaysia

Major parts of Malaysia were enveloped by haze on Monday, due to fires in Sumatra and Borneo. -- PHOTO: AP PETALING JAYA - MAJOR parts of Malaysia were enveloped by haze on Monday, due to fires in Sumatra and Borneo. The Malaysian Meteorological Department website said hazy weather was recorded at 35 out of 40 of its stations with visibility dipping in some areas in the country. Petaling Jaya recorded a poor visibility level of 2.5km, while Sepang and Kuantan had a visibility of 1.5km and 4km respectively. Normal visibility levels should be more than 10km. Satellite images showed 217 hotpots in Sumatra on Sunday and over 300 for Borneo on Monday. The Department of Environment's Air Pollutant Index recorded moderate air quality readings for 73 per cent of the country while the remaining were still within the healthy API reading of between 0 to 50 on Monday morning. -- THE S...

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