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Jakarta Post

West Aceh declares haze emergency following fires

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 7, 2019   /   05:51 pm
West Aceh declares haze emergency following fires A junior high school student walks through thick haze. (JP/Severianus Endi)

The West Aceh regency administration has declared an emergency status in response to the severe haze that has blanketed the region from forest and land fires that have burned since July.

The emergency status was declared and signed by West Aceh Regent Ramli MS on Monday.

"The emergency status has been [declared] to anticipate the effects of fires in West Aceh," Ramli MS said in Meulaboh as quoted by Antara.

He said the status would remain in effect until Oct. 31.

The administration and related agencies will launch measures related to the crisis, such as establishing command posts and taking strategic steps to extinguish fires.