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Air quality further declines in provinces as smog continues to haunt Indonesia

  • Jon Afrizal, Ardila Syakriah, Rizal Harahap

    The Jakarta Post

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Jambi, Jakarta and Pekanbaru   /   Thu, September 12, 2019   /  07:46 am
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A member of East Tanjungjabung Fire Brigade attempts to put out a fire in Londerang protected peatland forest area. A fire broke out in this area last week.(JP/Jon Afrizal)

Smog caused by forest and land fires continues to haunt some regions in Indonesia and neighboring countries as the unhealthy air quality has put a halt to school and outdoor activities and affected the health of thousands.   Data compiled by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) as of Wednesday showed that smog had engulfed South Sumatra, Jambi, Riau as well as West, East and South Kalimantan, where hot spots were detected.   Between January and August, a total of 328,724 hectares of land were burned, 89,563 hectares of which were peatland.   The regions recording the largest area of burned land were Riau with 49,266 hectares, followed closely by Central Kalimantan with 44,769 hectares of land.   In South Sumatra, hot spots have been detected in various places, including in no man’s land, concession as well as conservation areas....