KUCHING, 9 Sept 2019:
The earliest possible date for cloud seeding to be done in Sarawak is this Thursday, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
He said cloud-seeding operations aimed at reducing the effects of the haze – particularly in Kuching and Sri Aman – will however depend on the weather.
“Looking at the direction of air and the forecast, that is the earliest time. Again, it depends on the clouds, whether they cover the affected areas,” he told reporters at the celebration held in conjunction with the official birthday of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at Serian today.
Meanwhile, Uggah said, Sarawak has appealed to the federal government to discuss with Indonesia ways to reduce the incidence of hotspots in Kalimantan.
“In Kalimantan alone, more than 600 hot spots have been detected and Kuala Lumpur must consult with Jakarta on how to resolve the issue.”
The Air Pollutant Index for Sarikei and three other areas in Sarawak has shot up to a very unhealthy level as of 8am today.
According to the head of the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee, Major Ismail Mahedin from the Malaysian Civil Defence Force, Sarikei recorded an API reading of 206 this morning compared to 193 at 8pm yesterday.
Meanwhile, Kuching entered its third day in the same category, recording an API level of 242 compared to 223, while in Sri Aman and Samarahan, the air quality is slightly better, with each recording a drop in API reading at 244 compared to 252, and 201 compared to 205.
Similarly, the S K Baram area saw a drop to ‘moderate’ category compared to ‘unhealthy’ yesterday, with an API reading of 96 this morning compared to 122 yesterday.
The readings in four other areas remained at unhealthy levels, with Miri recording 102 this morning compared to 163 at 8pm yesterday, ILP Miri (145 compared to 146), Sibu (173 compared to 187), and Mukah from 119 to 125.