Malaysia to create rain over Muar, Ledang to clear haze

By Yiswaree Palansamy

Malaysia will create rain over Muar and Ledang in Johor state with cloud seeding to help clear the crisis-level haze there. When it will be done will be decided by the country's National Security Council.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said he will order a cloud-seeding operation to be carried out as the pollution index in three cities has hit hazardous levels.

A state of emergency has already been declared for the two cities this morning by Chief Minister of Johor, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, and it was endorsed by Prime Minister Dauk Seri Najib Razak.

The Air Pollutant Index (API) reading for the two districts in Johor has crossed 750.

Earlier in the morning, the National Security Council was ordered to declare a state of emergency in Muar as the Air Pollutant Index reading hit 750 today.

Director-General of Environment Datuk Halimah Hassan has told the council to issue the order.

The highest ever API in the country was recorded in Sarawak with a reading of 860 in 1997.  - June 23 2013.

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