THE Sultanate is currently experiencing hazy conditions with the prevailing southwesterly winds blowing from predominant hotspots found in Borneo.
According to satellite imagery from the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC), a total of 249 hotspots were detected on August 6, 622 on August 5 and 385 on August 4, scattered around the West of Borneo, notably in Sarawak and West Kalimantan.
The Pollutant Standard Index (PSI) readings were relatively higher than normal where records from air quality monitoring stations (Particulate Matter 10) from all four districts have displayed air quality levels from Good to Moderate.
As shared by the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation's (JASTRE) press release, the Brunei-Muara, Belait, Temburong and Tutong Districts have recorded readings of 31, 50, 30 and 49 PSI respectively as of 4pm yesterday.
PSI readings below 50 is considered good whereas readings between 50 and 100 are categorised as Moderate.
Hence, JASTRE has advised for the public to refrain from conducting any open burning related activities and similar actions that may worsen the air conditions already affected by the haze.
The public are welcomed to contact JASTRE for any complaints with regards to open burning and queries on the air quality by contacting 2383222 extension 514 during office hours. Information and PSI readings can also be accessed and obtained from their online website at www.env.gov.bn and guidelines to health at www.moh.gov.bn.
The Brunei Times
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
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