Malaysian dies of Indonesia smog

Motorists drive as the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office (back) is covered by haze in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on June 26, 2013.

Smoky haze from forest fires in Indonesia has been blamed for the death of an asthmatic woman in south Malaysia as the air pollution level reached a record-high over the weekend.

Li Cai Ling, a resident of Muar town, died on Sunday with her medical report blaming the pollution, the Sun newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Malaysiaâ„¢s southern areas witnessed worst air pollution in 16 years over the weekend, as the Air Pollutant Index (API) in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, was about 200, or Å“very unhealthy level.”

The haze is blamed on illegal burning of forests in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, mainly in Riau Province.

Malaysia declared a state of emergency in two districts in southern State of Johor on Sunday.

The smog eased on Wednesday, but continued to shroud some parts of Malaysia such as the capital.

The air quality also forced Cardiff City Football Club to cancel its week-long trip to Malaysia.

The club said in a statement on Tuesday that the visit was cancelled “due to the current poor air quality in the region.”

The situation also led to the cancellation of other sporting events such as Kuala Lumpurâ„¢s marathon and a national competition of disabled athletes.

The smog also shrouded neighboring Singapore, where hazardous levels of pollution were also recorded over the weekend.

The countryâ„¢s Pollutant Standards Index reached a record high of 401 on Friday.


This article originally appeared on: Press TV