Thursday, October 21, 2010

Haze from Indonesia disturbs neighboring countries

Bernama: Forest fires burning in Indonesia began to affect neighbouring countries, spreading thick clouds of smoke and haze to Malaysia and Singapore, news agencies reported Thursday. Speaking to China's Xinhua news agency, Head of Weather Monitoring Unit of Sumatra's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency Marzuki said despite the number of hot spots has decreased after rains, the feasibility is still low in Riau province.

This is also not a favorable condition for flights and one small airport in Dumai district was closed on Wednesday due to the haze, said a weather observer at Riau province Tarman Sembiring to Xinhua on Thursday.

In MALAYSIA, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Wednesday advised schools in Muar to temporarily close as the haze enveloping the district has reached a hazardous level. Indonesian news wire Antara reported that the skies over Singapore were slightly hazy on Saturday, attributing this to the smoke haze from the fires in Sumatra brought in by the prevailing southwesterly winds….

NASA shot of fires on Sumatra in October 2006

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