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Miri has the Worst API (Air Pollutant Index) Readings in Country
Submitted by eyeonmiri on Sun, 2012-06-24 12:03. :: Eyes on Miri | Environment | Health | Statistics
The air quality in Miri has declined to unhealthy levels with the Air Pollutant Index (API) readings between 160 and 180, which are the worst in the state and country. According to the Environment Department’s website, the readings recorded in Miri at 7am was 176, 11am (161) and 5pm (160) and the only place to record unhealthy air levels in the country yesterday.
A seven-day weather forecast by the Malaysian Meteorological Department showed that the dry weather would continue to persist with little chances of rain in Miri & Bintulu, at 0% and 40% chance of rain in the next few days.
The air pollution is caused by open burning and uncontrolled bush fires. Last Wednesday there was a huge plume of smoke caused by such burning in the areas somewhere near PermyJaya & Lutong. Due to location, it is unlikely the fire department can reach the area in time because it happened during peak hours and any Mirian will know just how congested that area can be.