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Sumatra hot spots down to 86: Palanivel

KUALA LUMPUR, June 26 (Bernama) -- The number of hot spots detected via satellite NOAA-18 in Sumatra, Indonesia fell to 86 sites yesterday compared to 143 on Tuesday.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said based on the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) in Singapore, 38 hot spots were found in Malaysia.

Pahang recorded the highest number of hot spots with 19 followed by Sarawak (8), Johor (3), Kelantan and Selangor (2) and one each in Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Perak and Terengganu.

"All hot spots detected in the country will be investigated and appropriate enforcement action will be taken," he said in a statement, here today.

Meanwhile, the Department of Environment (DOE) said the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading released via its website shows that Miri, Ipoh and Bakar Arang in Sungai Petani, Kedah recorded unhealthy API of 107, 104 and 103 respectively at 8 pm tonight.

In 34 other areas, the API reading was moderate and two areas, Bukit Rambai and had good API readings of 50 this afternoon.

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