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Rainfall over several areas in peninsular will clear haze

KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 (Bernama) - Rainfall over several coastal areas in peninsular today and tomorrow is expected to clear the haze, said the Department of Environment (DOE).

The Meteorological Department detected 20 hot spots in Malaysia, the most in Sarawak (17) followed by Sabah (2) and Kelantan (1).

It was based on a report from the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) via NOAA-18 satellite on July 18 until yesterday.

"Field investigation and action will be taken to address the hot spots detected," the DOE said in a statement today.

The ASMC report yesterday showed 87 hot spots in Sumatra, Indonesia compared to 89 hotspots on Wednesday.

Since January, 2,064 open burning cases were detected comprising agricultural areas (974 cases ), forest (451), industrial (68), construction (49), site garbage disposal (19), shrubs (365) and small open burning (138).

"For the same period, 404 cases of open burning were compounded, 47 cases were issued written notices and 14 cases will be charged in court," said the statement.

The ban on open burning issued since June 19 in Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Terengganu, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Perak is still in force.

However, activities such as cremation, burning for religious purposes and grilling outside peat areas are excluded from the ban.

The DOE also stepped up enforcement on fuel emission from motor vehicles and industries.

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