Published: Sunday June 24, 2012 MYT 5:46:00 PM
Updated: Sunday June 24, 2012 MYT 5:47:34 PM
DOE: Air quality nationwide improving
KUALA LUMPUR: The air quality nationwide is improving, with 17 areas recording good levels and 33 others, moderate levels over the past 24 hours.
The levels were recorded at 11am Sunday.
According to a statement from the Department of Environment (DOE), 11 areas indicated good levels Saturday, while 39 others were moderate levels.
It said the Industrial Training Institute in Miri, Sarawak remained the only area which was at an unhealthy level, with the Air Pollution Index (API) in the area rising to 144, as compared with 122 Saturday.
"The deterioration of air quality in the Miri area was caused by the burning of peat soil covering 12 hectares in Permai Jaya near the Kuala Baram ILP in Miri.
"Noting an increase in the number of 'hot spots' in Sarawak at 77 yesterday (Saturday), compared with 39 on June 22, the Sarawak Government mobilised the Miri Division Disaster Committee," said the statement.
The DOE also mobilised the National Haze Action Plan and National Open Burning Prevention Action Plan and boosted the peat soil fire prevention programme to control sources which could cause deterioration in air quality.