The haze saw 19 flights cancelled as of 7pm today. Kuching International Airport senior manager Mohd Nadzim Hashim said the cancellations had affected 571 passengers. Rakyat Post reports:
“We also experienced 22 flight delays involving 1,141 arrivals and 1,337 departures.
“We expect this to carry on until the end of the week.
“If the situation prolongs, we advise travellers to constantly check with the airlines for the latest flight updates,” said Mohd Nadzim in a statement.
Earlier in the morning, visibility was less than 800 metres, but the situation improved at noon at more than 1,300 metres.
At 7pm, visibilty at the airport was recorded at more than 3,000 metres.
Meanwhile, Natural Resources and Environment controller Peter Sawal told The Rakyat Post that hot spots over Kalimantan were reduced today at 28, but thick smoke particles tend to stay longer in the air.
“Thick haze in Kalimantan is the result of accumulated smoke for the last few days. The lighter particles of less than 10 microns, or PM10, are transported over by south-westerly winds, causing a ‘very unhealthy’ situation in some areas in Sarawak.”
In Samarahan, University Malaysia Sarawak spokesperson said they had given out surgical masks to its students, advising them to stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities for now.