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Transboundary haze affects Brunei

Publication Date : 19-06-2012


A slight haze cloaked Brunei's skies yesterday due to transboundary haze coming from neighbouring countries such as Sarawak, a spokesperson from the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Service (BDMS) at the Department of Civil Aviation said yesterday.

He told The Brunei Times their latest satellite image on June 17 displayed "a lot of hotspots" over Sarawak.

"The windflow is bringing the smoke from neighbouring countries to Brunei. At this moment (around 6pm), our current observations at the Brunei International Airport has a current visibility ranging from 7 to 9 kilometres," he said.

The spokesperson said the haze situation here will depend on whether the hot spots are reduced over the next few days as well as windflow.

At 4pm yesterday according to the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRE) website, all four districts had "good" air quality based on the Pollutant Standard Index (PSI) recordings.

Temburong District had the highest recorded PSI out of all four districts with 43 PSI. Tutong District had a recording of 39 PSI, while Belait District had 37 PSI and Brunei-Muara District with a PSI recording of 25.

PSI reading below 50 is good and between 50 to 100 is moderate. PSI reading above 100 is considered unhealthy.


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