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Residents flee Riau amid unbearable smog

  • Apriadi Gunawan, Jon Afrizal and Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Medan/Jambi/Jakarta   /   Wed, September 18 2019   /  12:35 am
Saddened state: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inspects the damage from the ongoing forest fires in Pekanbaru, Riau, on Tuesday. The police have arrested nearly 200 people over vast forest fires ripping across the archipelago, a police officer said, as toxic haze sends air quality levels plummeting and causes illnesses and flight cancellations.(AFP/Presidential Palace)(AFP/Presidential Palace)

Saddened state: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inspects the damage from the ongoing forest fires in Pekanbaru, Riau, on Tuesday. The police have arrested nearly 200 people over vast forest fires ripping across the archipelago, a police officer said, as toxic haze sends air quality levels plummeting and causes illnesses and flight cancellations.(AFP/Presidential Palace)Fatimahtuzzuhra El-Karim and her family have abandoned their house in a residential area of Kampar regency, Riau, and fled to the city of Binjai in North Sumatra over concerns for their health, as hazardous smog from widespread forest fires is spreading uncontrollably.The 26-year-old said she had been staying at her parents’ house in Binjai for the past three weeks together with her husband and their 18-month-old son.“We have taken shelter at my parents’ house, because the smog was unbearable. We will only go back...