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Worsening haze decreases visibility in North Barito

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 15, 2015   /  02:04 pm
Worsening haze decreases visibility in North Barito This photograph taken on Oct. 12 shows motorists traveling under a heavy blanket of haze in Palangkaraya, capital of Central Kalimantan. (AFP/Wisanggeni) (AFP/Wisanggeni)

This photograph taken on Oct. 12 shows motorists traveling under a heavy blanket of haze in Palangkaraya, capital of Central Kalimantan. (AFP/Wisanggeni)

The haze blanketing North Barito regency in Central Kalimantan reportedly worsened on Thursday morning with visibility down to only 100 meters.

"The haze got thicker this morning, which resulted in very limited visibility and left us short of breath," said a resident of Muara Teweh district in North Barito, Rahman Hidayat, on Thursday as quoted by Antara news agency.

According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Muara Teweh's spokesperson Sunardi, the region's horizontal visibility on Thursday morning was only 100 meters and its vertical visibility down to 150 feet. Horizontal visibility was still around 200 meters yesterday.

"The weather is hazy with a yellowish color this morning," said Sunardi.

According to the Manggala Agni Muara Teweh firefighting unit spokesperson Aswaludin, hot spots were no longer detected in North Barito by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 18 and the Terra and Aqua satellites as of Wednesday night.

"The haze probably came from other regions. There are still 15 hot spots in South Barito according to the Terra satellite and two others have been discovered in East Barito," said Aswaludin. (ags/kes)

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