Jul 24, 2013

    More hot spots but air still good

    THE number of hot spots in Sumatra has continued to rise, with more parts of Malaysia experiencing haze from the fires.

    Singapore is still expected to enjoy good air quality today, with the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index forecast to be below 50. However, slightly hazy conditions may occur, said the National Environment Agency (NEA).

    There were 292 hot spots in Sumatra yesterday, with 185 in Riau province, the NEA said yesterday. This is up from 252 on Monday, and zero last Wednesday.

    In Peninsula Malaysia, unhealthy air-quality levels were reported in some parts of Selangor, Malacca and Johor. Tanjong Malim in Perak started reporting unhealthy air-quality levels yesterday afternoon.

    However, conditions in Muar improved slightly and the air quality there was in the moderate range yesterday.

    NEA said that if winds blow from the west or south-west, Singapore could get hazy conditions.

    In Riau, six planes have been readied for cloud-seeding and soldiers placed on standby to be deployed as firefighters, as water bombing continued, said a statement by Indonesia's disaster-management agency.