KUCHING, Aug 26, 2015:

While thunderstorms and intermittent rains since Monday have improved air quality in Sarawak, visibility remains poor, especially in the southern parts of the state.

As of 2pm, the Air Pollutant Index in Samarahan was at 94, followed by Kuching (80), Sri Aman 75 and Sarikei (64), while other parts of the state recorded good air quality.

Department of Environment satellite data image showed scattered hot spots in Jambi and south Sumatra, together with west and central Kalimantan.

No such hot spots were detected in Malaysia.

The current south-westerly monsoon also contributed to the poor visibility here as smoke plumes were blown towards Malaysian shores.

On Monday, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the haze was expected to last sometime until October.

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