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‘This is scary’: Jambi, Riau close schools as smog makes thousands sick

  • Jon Afrizal and Rizal Harahap

    The Jakarta Post

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Jambi/Pekanbaru   /   Wed, September 11, 2019   /  08:57 am
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Smog blankets Bengkong in Batam, Riau Islands, on Monday.(Antara/M. N. Kanwa)

Smog caused by forest and land fires has forced the administrations of Jambi and Riau to close all schools this week following reports that the air quality had fallen to “unhealthy” and “dangerous” levels. “We expect people not to engage in many outdoor activities. If you have to, please protect yourself with respirator masks,” Jambi Mayor Syarif Fasha said on Tuesday. He said kindergartens and preschools would be shut from Monday until Friday and elementary schools and junior high school were closed at least until Wednesday. “Although the schools are closed, we expect teachers to give their students tasks, so that they do not fall behind in their studies,” he said, adding that he hoped the air quality in Jambi would improve soon. In Riau’s capital of Pekanbaru, the administration closed schools from kindergarten level to ...