26 Jun 2013, 07:51pm BY SYARIFAH RAHMAN

    The haze, which had enveloped the country since last week, is believed to have claimed the lives of at least two people in Muar, Johor.

    According to reports by China Press the two victims, a housewife and an elderly man died from breathing complications due to the harmful air quality over the weekend.

    The victim, 51-year-old Li Cai Ling, suffered a stroke after an asthma attack probably due to the worsening haze situation.

    The daily reported that based on an initial medical report Li was brain-dead following complications arising from a lung infection and pulmonary edema which was resulted from inhaling too much polluted air.

    Family members, who found Li unconscious at their home in Jalan Salleh rushed her to the Muar Hospital on Sunday.

    However she remained unconscious until she died at 4.30am on Monday.

    The newspaper also reported that another Muar resident, Yu Sheng Ye, aged 62, also passed away at 10.20am on Monday allegedly due to the haze.

    The victim had been hospitalised since last Thursday after experiencing breathing difficulties but went into a coma on Saturday.

    On Sunday, a state of emergency was declared in Muar after the Air Pollutant Index, API shot up to 746 in the morning.

    Meanwhile, state health director Mohd Khairi Yakob has denied that the death of the victims was caused by haze after checking with the hospital, where the patients were admitted.

    However, he assured that the health department would look into the matter further and requested the families to cantact the relevanmt authorities.