Haze warning in Malaysia

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The haze returned to hit several areas in the Klang Valley, several areas in Klang, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan at the beginning of today. This situation affected by transboundary  land and forest fires in Central Sumatra, Indonesia brought by the southwest monsoon winds. . As per a report by ASEAN Specialized Meteorological Center (ASMC) based in Singapore on 15 August 2016,, the number of hotspots   that distinguished in Indonesia keeps on expanding contrasted with the most recent few days.

The purpose for this fog is clarified that the vast majority of the flames had been little and were extinguished. Consistently Indonesia sees agriculture fires in Riau territory in East Sumatra, South Sumatra, and parts of Kalimantan on Indonesian Borneo. The flames are said to be caused by corporations  and in addition little scale agriculturists who utilize the cut and-smolder strategy to clear vegetation for palm oil, mash and paper plantations. The fires regularly turn crazy and spread into secured forested ranges.

As by  Air Pollutant Index of Malaysia (APIM) updates by 5.00 pm on 16 August 2016 shows that API in Tanjung Malim is Unhealthy standard at 134C and other major cities such as Klang Valley in Moderate status in 66c,  Shah Alam 71c, Port Klang 72c, and Putrajaya 68c. Other cities status are not affected so badly by haze yet.

Department of Environment (DOE) monitoring the status and patterns of air quality every hour as  the hotspots in Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia, which  cause  haze pollution continues to the West Coast Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak. In addition, 3 hotspots is detected in Pahang (1) and Sarawak (2) that will be investigated and action taken accordingly.

As  per not worsen the haze, all parties continue reminded not to carry out open burning or let land or premises owned or occupied by them not responsible for causing open burning for a particular purpose or accidentally. As per Section 29 (A), the Environmental Quality Act 1974, they were indicted completing open burning  can be fined not surpassing RM500,000 or detainment a term not surpassing 5 years or both. Compound maximum of RM2000 is also liable for any error.

The public is also urged to  report any  cases of open burning or fire to the Fire and Rescue Services Department at 999 and the Department of Environment (DOE) on a toll free 1-800-88- 2727.