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Haze forces closure of 15 schools in Manjung district

IPOH, July 22 (Bernama) -- The Manjung coastal district in Perak was enveloped in haze at a 'very unhealthy' level at 1 pm today, forcing the cancellation of the afternoon session of 15 schools there.

The six primary and nine secondary schools, with an enrolment of 5,945, were ordered to close their afternoon sessions after the Air Pollutant Index (API) rose to 247, said Perak education director Mohd Idris Ramli.

Tomorrow's morning session at the schools would be cancelled if the API remained above 200, he told Bernama.

Mohd Idris named the primary schools as Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Seri Manjung, SK Kampung Dato Seri Kamarudin, SK Methodist (ACS), SK Methodist, SK Convent and SK Simpang Empat.

The secondary schools were Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Seri Manjung, SMK Ahmad Boestamam, SMK Seri Samudera, SMK Nan Hwa, SMK Methodist, SMK Methodist (ACS), SMK Tok Perdana, SMK Ambrose and SMK Dato Idris, he said.

Mohd Idris said he had instructed the district education officer to close the afternoon sessions of the schools until further notice.

The portal of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment reported 'unhealthy' levels of the haze in Kampung Air Putih, Taiping (117), Jalan Pegoh, Ipoh (114) and Tanjung Malim (115).

An API reading of between zero and 50 indicates good air quality; between 51 and 100, moderate; between 101 and 200, unhealthy; between 201 and 300, very unhealthy and over 301, hazardous.


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