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Unhealthy air quality recorded in 9 areas in Malaysia

Published on Jul 29, 2014 12:57 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Air quality around Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur and on Borneo island was "unhealthy" on Tuesday, with one town reaching "very unhealthy" levels as haze, mostly from forest fires in Indonesia, obscured skies.

Kuala Lumpur residents wore face masks as protection from the choking smog, while visibility was low.

Nine out of some 50 measuring stations recorded air pollutant index readings above 100, which signify "unhealthy" air quality.

Readings in Sibu town in Sarawak state on Borneo breached 200 - designated as "very unhealthy" - on Monday, but recovered slightly on Tuesday.

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