MIRI, Aug 22 — The air quality in Kuala Baram, which is battling forest and peat-soil fires, worsened this evening, with the Air Pollutants Index (API) reading at 411 at 4 pm compared to 404 at 9 am.
Maj Ismail Mahedin of the Civil Defence Force in the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee secretariat said the API at the monitoring station at Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Baram 2 was at the very unhealthy level of 223, up from the 204 this morning.
“The API at the monitoring station in Miri was at a moderate 95 (from 93 this morning),” he said in a statement this evening.
Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Baram 2 and Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Chung Hua Tudan were closed today due to the worsening haze.
An API reading of zero to 50 indicates that the air quality is good; 51 to 100, moderate; 101 to 200, unhealthy; 201 to 300, very unhealthy and higher than 300, hazardous.