It’s obvious to everyone that the haze is really bad this year. The smell of smoke lingers in the air, our bodies itch and it feels like we’re living in Silent Hill.
But how bad is bad?
Well, the once pristine Kuching has been declared as the world’s MOST air-polluted city!
That’s not all, KL is the THIRD most air polluted city in the world!
The shocking results come from US-based website World’s Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index that monitors air pollution across the globe.
Each city’s air quality is rated based on the Air Quality Index (AQI) readings where:
- 0 – 50 is “good”
- 51 – 100 is “moderate”
- 101 – 200 is “unhealthy”
- 201 – 300 is “very unhealthy”
- Above 300 is “hazardous”
On the World AQI Ranking today (17th September), Kuching holds the world’s most air-polluted crown with a detrimental API of 220, while “lucky” number 3 is KL with an unhealthy API of 157.
New Straits Times reported that the quiet city of Kuching topped the list on Sunday (15th September) with an AQI of 202.
Meanwhile KL was on top of the list earlier last Wednesday (11th September).
Unfortunately, there is more disturbing news to the worsening air caused by the haze. Today (17th September), Sri Aman in Sarawak records a hazardous API reading of 367.
Other unhealthy levels of air are recorded in Kuching (220), Port Dickson (213) and Nilai (205).
The haze caused by smog in several Indonesian provinces that are carried over by the southwest monsoon winds is expected to last until the end of the month or early October when the monsoon period ends.
Things also seem to be getting worse as Malay Mail reports that 145 schools across Selangor are closed today due to the increasing severity of the haze.