Asthma – Could it caused by the Haze?

Could it caused by the haze? Well its July 2007 and can be considered a bit late for haze to start. But it has started lar. Damn it.

Hazy days expected to continue


KUALA LUMPUR: The number of hotspots in Sumatra has increased further over the past 24 hours and with no change in the wind direction, the haze is expected to continue to shroud Malaysia.

According to the Malaysian Meteorological Department, hot weather is also predicted until the end of the week.

A spokesman from the department said it had been warmer than usual over the past few days and that there had been very little rainfall recorded in the peninsula since last Tuesday.

There was a slight increase in temperature in Selangor from 30°C on June 29 to 32°C yesterday.

“The temperature change is because of the dry south-westerly winds that we are getting from Sumatra,” said the spokesman.

The spokesman said that satellite images showed 260 hotspots in Sumatra as of 2.44pm yesterday compared with 171 on Sunday.

“Five hotspots still remain in Malaysia since Sunday,” the spokesman said.

As of 5pm yesterday, Prai, Butterworth and Sitiawan recorded visibility readings of 5km while it was between 6km and 8km in Bayan Lepas, Alor Star, Ipoh and Cameron Highlands.

In the rest of the peninsula, it was over 10km.

Air Pollutant Index (API) readings have also shown a slight increase yesterday compared with to the day before, with 38 out of 51 areas in the country recording moderate API readings.

As of 5pm, the highest API reading was in Seri Manjung, Perak, at 94, while readings for Kuala Selangor, Seberang Jaya 2 (Prai, Penang) and Bakar Arang (Sungai Petani, Kedah) were over 81.

In a related matter, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid said any plans made by Malaysia to help Indonesia combat haze could not be implemented unless a Memorandum of Understanding is signed with the Indonesian government.

In clarifying a report in The Star yesterday, Azmi said assistance to the Riau province in its current form was about profiling local needs and that physical assistance did not necessarily mean going there to put out fires.

Well, could this be again the local conglomerate who does the burning thing? We never know!!! Damn it.  I hope my lungs will go back in action tomorrow! Now I can say its 75% fit, bit of wheezing here and there.

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