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KUALA LUMPUR, July 21:

The number of hot spots detected via images by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-18 satellite rose to 50 yesterday from 40 on Saturday.

Of the total, Johor and Negeri Sembilan had one hot spot each, Kelantan 4, Pahang 13, Perak 5, Sabah 2, Sarawak 12, Terengganu 3 and Selangor 9.

“The hot spots detected will be investigated and appropriate action taken,” the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry said in a statement today.

The Department of Environment (DOE) said 4,385 open burning cases were recorded, involving forests, agricultural areas, industry, construction, landfills and bushland.

Meanwhile, 225 hot spots were detected in Sumatra, Indonesia, yesterday compared to 139 hot spots on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Department of Environment’s Air Pollutant Index showed six areas in the country with “unhealthy” readings.

At 7pm, the highest reading of 156 was recorded at Port Klang.

Kuala Selangor has the next highest reading at 142, followed by Kg Air Putih in Perak at 141.

Seberang Jaya 2 in Prai had a reading of 111, Shah Alam recorded 108 while Seri Manjung recorded 107.

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