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Haze crisis returns to ASEAN

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, August 3, 2019   /  08:08 am
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Thick smoke emanates from hectares of land burned down in Riau. (thejakartapost.com/Rizal Harahap)

Having only just recovered from its worst haze crisis in 2015, Indonesia has been ramping up efforts to mitigate the impacts of forest and land fires across the country. These efforts seem to be bearing fruit as the country has yet to suffer large-scale wildfires since then. Recent reports, however, have claimed that a haze crisis has erupted in Riau and also in Malaysia, with Kuala Lumpur pointing its finger at forest fires in Sumatra as the main culprit. Malaysia-based newspaper. The Star reported on Friday that the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) had detected haze over Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan and Penang, claiming that the smoke had come from forest fires in Riau. “The haze is caused by a moderate amount of smog moving from hot spots in the central and southern parts of Sumatra due to the southwest monsoon winds,” MetMal...