PSI readings relatively higher

FEW areas in Brunei Darussalam are currently experiencing localised hazy conditions due to bush and forest fires where the air quality is being affected.

The Pollutant Standard Index (PSI) readings recorded from all the air quality monitoring stations (Particulate Matter 10) in the four districts yesterday were relatively higher than normal.

The PSI readings recorded on yesterday as of 5pm are as follows:

AIR QUALITY

PSI

Brunei-Muara

Good

32

Belait

Good

32

Temburong

Good

46

Tutong

Good

 30

PSI reading below 50 is good. PSI between 50 and 100 is moderate.

The Ministry of Health advised the public that at moderate PSI readings (between 50 and 100), minor health effects 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 public will be kept informed of the air quality situation through Radio Television Brunei (RTB) radio stations and the website of Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe).

The Fire and Rescue Department is monitoring the fire situation. The public is advised to report immediately any incidences of bush and forest fires to the Fire and Rescue Department at the hotline 995. In the meantime, the public is also advised to refrain from open burning activities and other actions that may worsen the haze conditions during the dry period.

The public can contact the Darussalam line 123 for any complaints on open burning or for any health information and advice. JASTRe can also be contacted at 2241262 extension 4405 during normal office hours. Information on PSI readings is available at www.env.gov.bn. Meanwhile, the public can also visit www.moh.gov.bn for health information and advice.

The public can visit Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department’s website www.met.gov.bn for weather information and its forecasts.