Monday, June 24, 2013

Kuala Lumpur Overcast! (Updated)

Updated: Saturday June 29, 2013 MYT 3:57:08 PM

National Security Council to declare emergency order if API breaches 500, says Palanivel


Dear Mr. Minister, isn't an API reading of 300 already considered hazardous? At levels beyond 300 healthy people will experience reduced endurance in activities. There may be strong irritations and symptoms and may trigger other illnesses. Elders and the sick should remain indoors and avoid exercise. Healthy individuals should avoid out door activities. Those with existing heart or respiratory illnesses may experience significant aggravation of their symptoms. There may also be widespread symptoms in the healthy population (e.g. eye irritation, wheezing, coughing, phlegm and sore throats).

So Mr. Minister, why 500?



Updated: Wednesday June 26, 2013 MYT 07:58 AM


Improvements everywhere, is this permanent or are we just in the eye of the storm?


Updated: Tuesday June 25, 2013 MYT 11:58:25 AM

Haze: DOE offers hourly API readings; status as at 10am

The Air Pollutant Index (API) readings will now be updated on an hourly basis.

The Department of Environment (DOE) director-general Datuk Halimah Hassan said the readings will be available at the Natural Resources and Environment website and will be made available on the DOE portal soon.

"We are giving it out every hour due to the public's request," she said.

The updates can be viewed at http://www.nre.gov.my/malay/Pages/defaultnre.aspx



Updated: Monday June 24, 2013 MYT 11:50:11 AM

Haze: Port Dickson API spikes at 335; unhealthy levels in KL, Selangor, Malacca and N. Sembilan

The air quality remained at unhealthy levels in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malacca and Negri Sembilan as at 7am Monday.

According to the Department of Environment website, the Kuala Lumpur, the API at Putrajaya registered at 155, Cheras, 157, and Batu Muda, 191.

In Selangor, Petaling Jaya registered 198, Shah Alam, 157, Port Klang, 296, and Banting, 178

Higher API readings were also registered in Port Dickson (335) in Negri Sembilan and Bukit Rambai (260) in Malacca.

The DOE classifies any API reading above 301 as hazardous, 201 to 300 as very unhealthy, 101 to 200 as unhealthy, 51 to 100 as moderate and 0 to 51 as good.

Haze forces schools in KL, Selangor and Malacca to be shut down

Schools in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Malacca have been ordered to be closed today due to the worsening haze.

The order has also been given to schools in Kuantan and Port Dickson, as well as several districts in Johor.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said parents in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor were advised to keep their children indoors and ensure the use of face masks outdoors.

Meanwhile, these are pictures taken on Sunday afternoon (June 23, 2013) in and around Kuala Lumpur:


.. along DUKE

.. along DUKE

.. along DUKE

.. along AKLEH

.. right beside it but barely visible

silhouette of Twin Towers barely seen

.. along Jalan Dang Wangi

.. along Jalan Munshi Abdullah

.. SOGO Department Store

.. view from our apartment

Forced Hiatus!

It would have been exactly seven months to the day since our last post.  A lot has happened since then, and without going into details ou...