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Selangor Govt closes 29 schools due to haze, many areas considered “unhealthy”

The Selangor Educational Department has closed 29 schools in the state today, after 5 schools in the state were closed yesterday due to haze. The closure covers 24 schools in Klang and 5 schools in Hulu Langat, with around 45,265 students affected. This comes after 409 schools in Sarawak were closed recently, with 157,479 students affected by the closure.

The severity of haze is measured using the Air Pollutant Index (API), with readings of 0 to 50 indicating good air quality; 51 to 100 as moderate; 101 to 200 as unhealthy; 201 to 300, very unhealthy; and 300 and above, hazardous. Once the API reading in a particular area goes over 200, schools are instructed to immediately close until the situation improves.

Yesterday, the Johan Setia station had API readings of over 200—”very unhealthy”—which resulted in the closure of 5 schools in the area yesterday. Sekolah Kebangsaan Pendamar in Klang, SK Bukit Naga in Shah Alam, SK Jalan Kebun, SK Kampung Johan Setia and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Jalan Kebun were closed down as part of standard operating procedure.

At the time of writing, the API readings for the Petaling Jaya station is 141, Shah Alam at 136, Cheras at 146, while Johan Setia has a reading of 213. The API at the Klang station reads at 129, while Banting has an API reading of 126. As of now, the only station to have a “very unhealthy” reading is the Johan Setia station.

The schools closed for today are as follows:

SK KAMPUNG JOHAN SETIA
SMK JALAN KEBUN
SK BUKIT NAGA
SK JALAN KEBUN
SK KAMPUNG PENDAMAR
SJKT TAMAN SENTOSA
SJKT LADANG BATU AMPAT
SK BUKIT RIMAU
SJKC WU TECK
SJKC CHUNG HUA
SK KLANG JAYA
SMK KOTA KEMUNING
SK BUKIT KEMUNING 2
SMK KAMPUNG JAWA
SK KAMPUNG JAWA 2
SK KAMPUNG JAWA
SMK SHAHBANDARAYA
SMK RAJA MAHADI
SK TELOK MENEGON
SK TAMAN SRI ANDALAS
SJKC KHE BENG
SMK SRI ANDALAS
SJKT LADANG EMERALD
SK KOTA KEMUNING
SMK SIJANGKANG JAYA
SK SIJANGKANG
SK SIJANGKANG JAYA
SK KEBUN BAHARU
SK KPG MEDAN

To stay up to date on the haze levels across the country, you can head over to the official Malaysian API site.

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