KLANG, Aug 17 – The Meteorological Department is on standby mode to implement cloud seeding operations if the haze problem that hit several states in the country gets worse.
However, Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said the operations could only be done with enough presence of clouds.
“I have instructed the Meteorological Department to activate the seeding process once there are enough clouds, by having to the National Disaster Management Agency to inform the Defence Ministry to carry out the operations.
“I know that the situation is bad especially in the north of Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak … We are ready to clear the haze but that depends on the presence of (cumulus) clouds. Hopefully, we would be able to do that the soonest possible,” she told reporters after visiting an open burning site in Johan Setia here today.
Also present were the Department of Environment (DoE) director-general Datuk Dr Ahmad Kamarulnajuib Che Ibrahim, Selangor DoE director Siti Zaleha Ibrahim, Selangor Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) director Azmi Osman and Sungai Kandis assemblyman Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni.
Elaborating, Yeo said the current haze situation in the country was due to open burning in Sumatera and Kalimantan, Indonesia as well as in the Johan Setia area.
“As such, I urge the school administration, childcare centre operators and individuals who wish to conduct outdoor activities to observe the Air Pollutant Index (API) at apims.doe.gov.my. If the API reading is more than 100, it is considered as unhealthy. As such, do not engage in outdoor activities,” she said.
On the open burning issue in Johan Setia, Yeo said the cloud seeding operation which was planned for yesterday, had to be called off due to insufficient of clouds and dry weather.
She said she had also instructed local authorities in Selangor to supply 10 water tanks today to assist the FRD in firefighting operations in the area. — Bernama