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Haze in Indonesia's Riau province as farmers start fire to clear land

Published on Feb 5, 2014 5:50 PM
 
Local disaster management agency officers attempt to contain a fire in Dumai's forest conservatory area on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014. A two-week dry spell in Indonesia's Riau province has sent farmers to their plantations to start fire to clear lands, causing haze over Dumai and Meranti islands. -- PHOTO: REZI ANDIKA PUTRA

A two-week dry spell in Indonesia's Riau province has sent farmers to their plantations to start fire to clear lands, causing haze over Dumai and Meranti islands.

The air pollutant index in Dumai, the worst-hit in Riau province, was recorded at 89 on Wednesday, down from above 100 in the past two days. A reading above 100 is considered unhealthy.

Dumai is about 270km away from Singapore.

Riau and two other provinces - West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan - are having a weather condition different from the general weather pattern in Indonesia these past two weeks, said Mr Tri Budiarto, the national disaster agency's deputy for emergency management.

 
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