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Monday, June 24, 2013

Malaysia : Two districts under ‘haze emergency’

Article via The Star, excerpt. Being a Malaysian and being in one of the areas affected by the haze, I would say that this is starting to pose serious health issues :

The Muar and Ledang districts in Johor are now under a “haze emergency” after the Air Pollutant Index (API) readings surged over 700 in these areas.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the emergency status would remain until further notice.
“However, it must be clarified that this does not involve a curfew and there will not be any change to the existing system of the ruling state and federal governments.
“All related ministries and agencies at the federal, state and district levels must plan and take action to ensure the safety and health of the public,” the Prime Minister said yesterday.
He urged the people to abide by the emergency guidelines issued by the National Security Council (NSC).
Under the guidelines, aimed at ensuring public safety and health, federal, state and district level natural disaster, management committees must advise the closure of schools and childcare centres, government and private sector offices and other work premises, including factories, plantations, construction sites, quarries and earthwork sites."

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