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Haze: Langkawi cancels 34 flights

LANGKAWI, Oct 21 (Bernama) -- Low visibility due to the worsening haze condition in Langkawi has forced another 12 flights scheduled to arrive and depart the Langkawi International Airport to be cancelled as at 2pm today, raising the total to 34 flights cancelled today.

Malaysia Airports Bhd (MAB) manager for Langkawi, Jefri Ramli told Bernama that the decision was following Air Pollutant Index (API) hovering at 149, which is considered unhealthy.

Jefri said the total number of flights cancelled today was 34. "The Langkawi International Airport is still operating. The decision to cancel the flights was made by the respective airlines following information from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) about the haze and visibility," he said.

Meanwhile, Langkawi District Education officer Marzuki Daud, said all schools in the Island would be closed tomorrow as the API has reached the unhealthy level.

Marzuki said since yesterday afternoon the haze condition had worsened in Langkawi and that it was the second time Langkawi was engulfed by the haze after a similar occurrence early this month.


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