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Jambi closes schools, asks residents to wear masks over smog

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

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Jambi   /   Tue, August 20, 2019   /  08:08 am
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Officials from the search and rescue office in Jambi try to put out fires in the region.(JP/Jon Afrizal)

The Jambi city administration has dismissed school time for all elementary school and preschool students in the city because of thick smog and the local air pollution standard index (ISPU) level reaching a dangerous level. Jambi Mayor Syarif Fasha said elementary school first graders to third graders would not be attending school for three days while fourth graders to six graders would have reduced school hours. Preschools would be closed for up to a week. “We advise residents to reduce their outdoor activities. If they have to, they should wear masks with air filters,” Syarif said on Monday. Jambi Environment Agency secretary Taufik said that Jambi ISPU readings for PM25 pollutants had reached 318 or dangerous for health at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, and increased to 418 at 9 a.m. Sunday. “Based on [the pollutant level] numbers, students will have a day off be...