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Haze making its annual comeback in Sumatra

  • Rizal Harahap, Jon Afrizal and Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 16 2016   /  07:05 am

Fire is raging through more areas in Sumatra and Kalimantan as the dry season has worsened in the regions.

The number of hot spots in Sumatra has dramatically increased to 158, with Riau ranking first with 80 hot spots, followed by Bangka Belitung ( 35 ), South Sumatra ( 20 ), North Sumatra ( 11 ) and 12 scattered in other places.

Residents of Duri, Mandau district, Bengkalis regency, Riau, claimed they could smell smoke from land and forest fires on Monday morning.

“I was woken up by the hot weather after midnight during a blackout. A few moments, later I realized there was a strong smell of smoke in the house,” said Duri resident Syukran Koto.

People voiced fear over a repeat of the haze disaster and news of haze spread quickly through social media.

“Oh my God, the haze has returned, and I feel sore in my nose and throat,” wrote Yuli Adi on h...