JOHOR BARU, Sept 24, 2015:

The city centre here was today enveloped in a hazy cloud since morning as the Air Pollutant Index (API) increased towards the afternoon, compounded by Singapore’s unhealthy air quality.

A check by The Rakyat Post in the city here showed that most parts were clouded in a haze, with poor visibility levels.

Tall buildings and roads were only visible from 300m to 500m.

The popular Danga Bay commercial and recreational area also saw only a small number of visitors, despite being a public holiday in the state.

On the other side of the city, the Second Link Expressway, linking Gelang Patah to Tuas in Singapore, reported very low visibility.

Earlier today, the overall haze situation in the country saw an improvement.

However, three areas in the southern state here have seen a hike in the Air Pollutant Index (API) as of today.

According to the Department of Environment (DOE) portal, the three areas that recorded unhealthy readings were in Johor.

As of 4pm, the portal reported Pasir Gudang as having the highest API in the country with a reading of 136, followed by Larkin Lama (132) and Kota Tinggi (104).

The situation seems to have deteriorated in a span of three hours as Pasir Gudang was at 125, followed by Larkin Lama (115) and Kota Tinggi (103).

This has caused several areas in the state capital here to be enveloped in a haze with low visibility.

Singapore saw a breach of the 200 API reading in the morning.

The air quality in Singapore deteriorated at 11am today due to the haze brought in from Sumatra by winds from the south and southwest.

This has also caused parts of Johor Baru, that borders Woodlands and also Tuas and Jurong in Singapore, to be affected.

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