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Jakarta Post

Jambi, Palembang residents feel the choke of continued haze

  • Jon Afrizal and Yulia Savitri

    The Jakarta Post

Jambi/Palembang   /   Fri, September 6, 2019   /  05:36 pm
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A member of the East Tanjungjabung Fire Brigade attempts to put out a fire in the Londerang protected peatland forest on Sept. 5. (JP/Jon Afrizal)

A recent update from the Environment and Forestry Ministry revealed that the air quality in Jambi had reached 126 AQI, which means the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups. The Jambi administration has suggested the public limit outdoor activities, as well as put on masks when going outside to prevent themselves from inhaling the polluted air.  However, schools are open as usual even though some parents feel concerned about the situation.  “So far we have yet to receive an announcement from schools on closing,” Via, a parent of an elementary school student in Jambi said on Friday. Nurmala, another parent, said she started feeling concerned because children would be the first victims of the smog. “Many children are complaining that they are experiencing difficulties in breathing. If the smog continues, I’m afraid their condition will worse...

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