Penang haze worsened by open burning activities

GEORGE TOWN, July 31 (Bernama) -- Hazy conditions in several areas of Penang since yesterday have turned for the worse today following open burning activities in the state.

State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environmental Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said haze levels were moderate with Air Pollutant Index (API) readings of between 69 and 84 today.

He said API readings in Seberang Jaya were recorded at 83 at 7am and increased to 84 at 11am, with a visibility of two kilometres.

"Readings in Perai were at 68 at 7am and 72 at 11am, 69 was registered in USM at 7am and 72 at 11am, each recording five and four kilometres of visibility," he said when contacted by Bernama, here today.

He said the state government and Penang Environmental Department had held talks yesterday and would take stern action on open burning in the state and industrial factories did not produce excessive emission.

"The haze is worsened by hot weather and the lack of rain for the past few days, but I believe the problem (haze) is temporary and things will be normal soon," he said.

API readings of between 0 and 50 is classified as good, 51-100 (moderate), 101-200 (unhealthy), 201-300 (very unhealthy) and over 301 as dangerous.-- BERNAMA


EIY LIB IZ AO

Follow @YahooMalaysia on LINE for daily news updates.

Comments on Yahoo pages are subject to our link to Comments Guidelines. You are responsible for any content that you post. Yahoo is not responsible or liable in any way for comments posted by its users. Yahoo does not in any way endorse or support comments made by its users.

  • MH370 passenger’s partner tells of strange email from sacked Fox officer The Malaysian Insider
    MH370 passenger’s partner tells of strange email from sacked Fox officer

    The partner of an American passenger aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has spoken about how a Fox executive who was recently sacked by the news station had contacted her offering to raise funds on her behalf. Sarah Bajc, whose partner Philip Wood is among the 239 people on board the missing plane, told the Sydney Morning Herald... …

  • My last moments with Pa: Ramkarpal Singh The Malaysian Insider
    My last moments with Pa: Ramkarpal Singh

    A week after the tragic crash that took the lives of veteran lawyer and politician Karpal Singh and his personal aide, Michael Cornelius, his son Ramkarpal recounts the final hours with his father that fateful day. This is his story, as told to V. Anbalagan, assistant news editor. “My parents (Karpal and Gurmit) had gone to Pantai Hospital... …

  • In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle Associated Press
    In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the couple and their two children have instead been hopping among cheap motel rooms along U.S. 192. …