Thursday, August 04, 2005

Poor Air Quality

HAZY AFTERNOON: The air quality at Jalan Sultan Ismail worsened around 2.30pm yesterday.

This is the third day of poor air quality in Kuala Lumpur
and surrounding areas.

One of the worst areas was Subang where good visibility of above 10km in the early part of the day suddenly plunged to just 800m at 3pm. Visibility improved to 6km in the evening.

In Petaling Jaya and the KL International Airport, visibility fell to 6km in the afternoon. In the evening, KLIA regained visibility of above 10km while the situation in Petaling Jaya improved only slightly.

The authorities said “This situation is hazardous to ships without navigational equipment,” adding that the condition was expected to persist today.

Satellite images showed Sumatra having 68 hotspots and Kalimantan 15. Three hotspots were also detected in peninsular Malaysia and four in Sarawak yesterday.

In Cyberjaya, the peat fires which caused thick smoke in many areas was expected to be completely put out by tomorrow.

SMOULDERING PEAT: A fireman helping to douse the peat fire at Cyberpark yesterday.

Read story...Air quality does a yo-yo

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