Air quality improves slightly

KUCHING: Air quality in several parts of Sarawak has improved slightly based on the latest Air Pollutant Index (API) readings.

In Sri Aman, the API reading was 201—very unhealthy—at 8am yesterday but this improved to 179 at 4pm.

Kota Samarahan and Kuching also recorded a noticeable drop as both recorded readings of 118 and 139 respectively at 4pm yesterday compared to 127 and 160 respectively at 8am.

The other nine stations in the state—Limbang, ILP Miri, Miri, Samalaju, Bintulu, Mukah, Kapit, Sibu and Sarikei—all recorded ‘moderate’ levels.

As at 4pm yesterday, from all 68 stations in the Air Pollutant Index Monitoring System (APIMS), only one station recorded a ‘good’ level, which is in Langkawi, Kedah.

The other 48 stations recorded moderate levels while 18 of the stations recorded unhealthy levels.

Three of the stations are Sri Aman, Kota Samarahan and Kuching while the other 15 are in Selangor, Pahang, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.