KUALA LUMPUR (dpa) – Unhealthy levels of smoky haze on Friday covered the Malaysian capital and outlying areas due to fires in Indonesia’s provinces of Sumatra and Kalimantan, government data showed.
The Department of Environment recorded unhealthy levels of air pollution in Kuala Lumpur, the federal capital of Putrajaya and several areas in the nearby states of Selangor and Negeri Simbilan.
Eight other states in the country have also registered moderate levels of haze, the agency’s data showed.
The agency’s air pollution index of between 0 and 50 is considered good; 51 and 100 moderate; 100 and 200 unhealthy; 200 and 300 very unhealthy.
A reading of more than 300 is considered hazardous.
The latest data from Malaysia’s Meteorological department showed there are 170 hotspots in Sumatra and 170 hotspots in Kalimantan.
Smoke from land-clearing fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan is a perennial problem afflicting the South-East Asian nations of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia during the dry season.