PORT DICKSON, Sept 17 — Tourists visiting Port Dickson had to limit their outdoor activities after the Air Pollutant Index (API) in the popular holiday destination recorded very unhealthy reading today.

Nurul Hidayah Ruba’e, 21, from Puchong, Selangor, who was staying at a resort here with her family said they had to restrict their recreational activities as some of her family members had started to show signs of sickness due to the unhealthy weather condition.

She said there were some of her family members have started to suffer from cough and dry throat since yesterday.

“Even though some of us were unwell, we still continue with our stay here as we have made the booking. However, we only managed to go to the beach and straight away return to the resort,” she told Bernama here today.

A e-hailing driver Mohd Idris Warno, 51, said he and his family arrived in Port Dickson today but had to cancel their stay here after he found out that the API there recorded a very unhealthy reading.

“My family and I had planned to spend the night here but we decided against it as we feared our health would be affected,” said Mohd Idris who is staying in Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur.

According to the Department of Environment’s website at http://apims.doe.gov.my as at 4pm today, the API readings of 206 and 204 were respectively recorded in Port Dickson and Nilai.

To date, a total of 112 schools have been ordered to close, namely 63 in Port Dickson and 49 in Nilai.

Meanwhile, although very unhealthy air quality was recorded in Nilai, A check by Bernama found that the visibility was still good and people there were carrying out their activities as usual.

A food hawker Nur Shazlina Hasan, 38, said although she was aware of the current bad weather condition, she had no choice but to continue with her business as it was her only source of income.

“I have also prepared everything since yesterday, therefore I have no choice but to continue doing business…I will also make sure that the food is not left uncovered,” she said.

— BERNAMA

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