Brunei’s air quality ‘moderate’

Brunei Darussalam is currently experiencing hazy conditions and this is due to the predominant hotspots in the Borneo region, and brought over by the prevailing southwesterly wind towards Brunei Darussalam.

The satellite imagery from the ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) detected 1,102 hotspots on September 13, and 1,786 hotspots on September 14 – scattered mostly in the Southern and Western part of Borneo.

The Pollutant Standard Index (PSI) readings recorded from all the air quality monitoring stations (Particulate Matter 10) in the four districts were relatively higher than normal. Air quality in Brunei Darussalam was at moderate level.

The PSI readings recorded as of 4pm yesterday were as follows:

Brunei-Muara District – Air quality moderate with a PSI of 75;

Belait District – Air quality moderate with a PSI of 83;

Temburong District – Air quality moderate with a PSI of 54; and

Tutong District – Air quality moderate with a PSI of 80.

A PSI reading below 50 is ‘good,’ while a reading between 51 and 100 is ‘moderate.’

The Ministry of Health advised the public that at moderate PSI readings, minor health issues such as cough, eye irritation and runny nose may be experienced and children with asthma, lung and heart diseases are advised to reduce outdoor physical activities.

The Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation is monitoring the situation. The public will be kept informed of the air quality through radio stations and the department’s website.

In the meantime, the public is advised to refrain from conducting open burning activities and other activities that may worsen the haze condition. The public can contact the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation for any complaints on open burning and query on the air quality by contacting Darussalam line 123 or 2241262 (ext 4405) during office hours. The public is urged to immediately report incidences of bush and forest fires to the Fire and Rescue Department at hotline 995.

They can also access the PSI readings online at www.env.gov.bn, and health information and advice at www.moh.gov.bn. Weather information can be obtained from the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department’s website at www.met.gov.bn.