Malaysia Expected To Be Covered With Haze Blown Over From Cambodia's Hotspots
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It's been a while since we've experienced haze from our neighbouring countries, but that may change in 2022. According to the Singapore-based ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC), satellite cameras detected massive fire-prone areas emitting smoke plumes in northern and eastern Cambodia, and southern Laos.
Moreover, the northeast monsoon has been carrying smoke towards our country that may cause slight to moderate haze as forecasted by ASMC. Those living in the northern states of Malaysia may be affected by haze.
Just a few days ago, the Malaysian Meteorological Department sent out a haze alert due to hotspots burning in Cambodia, characterising them as forest fires. "Cambodia's forest fires are frequently caused by human activities, such as burning brush that has been cleared on plantations, burning tree stumps in fields to make it easier to grow crops, creating grasslands for livestock or in poaching attempts as well as to harvest honey from wild bees,” as reported by Phnom Penh Post.
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Kelantan, Terengganu, southern Kedah, and Penang have moderate API of 60s to 70s according to the Air Pollutant Index, while south Seberang Prai was recorded with an API of 92 due to landfill fire in Pulau Burung. Meanwhile, Shah Alam and Klang was reported to have an API of 70s to 80s.
Hopefully the haze that we will experience this year won't be as bad as previous experiences in our country. Stay safe everyone!