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From fisherfolk to orangutans, many bear brunt of smog

  • Apriadi Gunawan, N. Adri, Jon Afrizal and Asip Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

Medan/Balikpapan/Jambi/Blitar   /   Fri, September 20 2019   /  12:14 am

Up in smoke: The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of Borneo on Sunday. Smoke hovered over the island and has triggered air quality alerts and health warnings in Indonesia and neighboring countries. Many fires are burning in Kalimantan where there are extensive peat deposits, which are made up of decayed wetland vegetation.(Courtesy of NASA)Smog caused by forest and land fires has spread to wider areas, disrupting people’s activities and even affecting the health of orangutans as the government scrambles with its dousing efforts.Fisherfolk in Pandan district, Central Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra, have not been able to go fishing in the past week as smog from fires in Riau has blanketed the area, affecting visibility in the region.Fisherman Ucok Pasaribu said the smog had disrupted fisherfolk’s activities as they fe...