Haze update: Govt declared Muar to be in emergency status
Malaysia has declared the Johor town of Muar to be in an emergency status, after the air pollutant index (API) spiked to 746 on Sunday morning.
In a statement, Natural Resources and Environment Minister G. Palanivel said Prime Minister Najib Razak has agreed to declare emergency status in Muar and the nearby town of Ledang with immediate effect.
The director-general of the Department of Environment Halimah Hassan has asked the National Security Council (NSC) to declare the state of emergency there, he said.
The NSC will issue instruction for residents to stay indoors and direct schools in several states to remain closed. Datuk Seri Palanivel said the NSC should also look at cloud-seeding operations immediately.
Haze conditions elsewhere also deteriorated on Sunday, with two areas in Malacca also reaching hazardous API levels of above 300. The Unesco World Heritage-listed Malacca town registered an API reading of 364.
The highest API reading Malaysia recorded was 860, in Sarawak in 1997.
Mr Palanivel is set to meet with his Indonesian counterpart on Wednesday, to discuss how to handle the haze.