Hold your breath


The API (Air Pollution Index) for Ipoh at 11am today was 138. Any reading between 101 and 200 is regarded as unhealthy. The temperature reading at the same time was 35 degrees. Guess where I am? Inside with all the doors and windows closed and the fans on. Schools are closed and some airports in Malaysia are reporting disruption to flights. Pity anyone whose only form of transport is a motorcycle or who has to work outside. Some news reports are now saying that the fires in Indonesia are impossible to put out and only the monsoon can do it. There are predictions that this haze will continue into next year, maybe as late as March. And that’s in addition to an outbreak of typhoid in KL this week.

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