The haze could be making a return to our shores!
The Environment Department told Astro Radio News that the main worry is the transboundary haze from hotspots detected in Kalimantan and Sumatra in Indonesia.
It adds that there's been a slight increase in the air pollutant index reading in the southwest of Peninsular Malaysia, as the monsoon winds bring in the haze. Deputy Director General (Operation) of Malaysian Meteorological Department (MET Malaysia), Muhammad Helmi Abdullah echoes this sentiment in an interview with Astro Awani, saying that areas such as Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya and northern states such as Penang could be affected by the haze for the next 7 days.
He adds that the situation will depend largely on how Indonesia deals with the forest fires, noting that the Indonesian government has mobilized almost 6,000 personnel to mitigate the situation.
However, The Environment Department confirms that overall the API readings are still under control, while Sabah and Sarawak have so far been spared.