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Haze returns to Sumatra after three weeks of fresh air

  • Kharishar Kahfi, Yulia Savitri and Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

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Palembang/Jambi   /   Mon, October 14, 2019   /  10:15 pm
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An aerial view of Palembang on Oct. 14. The South Sumatran capital was covered by smog caused by lingering forest fires in the surrounding areas. (Antara /Nathan)

After just three weeks of breathing smog-free air, residents of Sumatra once again have to stick it out as pollution from forest and peatland fires hit several regions of the island on Monday. The haze has forced local administrations to close schools and cancel flights because of health concerns and low visibility. Authorities are working to extinguish wildfires in several provinces, including through cloud-seeding operations to make it rain. One of the affected regions is South Sumatra, which is suffering from the most extreme haze throughout this year’s dry season, according to the local office of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG). The sky over Palembang was dark yellow on Sunday morning as haze in the provincial capital had reduced visibility to around 50 meters. This marks a change from the previous haze wave in September, when the smog only th...