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Choking haze over Sumatra claims two lives

Published on Mar 10, 2014 12:30 PM
Haze from forest fire blankets Pekanbaru city, the capital of Riau province, in Indonesia's Sumatra island on March 7, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP  

CHOKING haze over central Sumatra has claimed two lives as frustrated residents called on the government to speed up on measures to end their prolonged suffering from forest fires.

One man was found dead in Riau on Saturday while another cancer patient passed away in Pelalawan after his condition deteriorated due to the haze.

Saturday's victim was found in the peatlands with burns and Riau police believe he collapsed while riding his motorcycle close to a fire in the Meranti Islands district.

Mr Muhammad Adli, 63, was found face down near his motorcycle, with burns on his hand and on the left side of his waist.

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