Haze returns, affects flights in western Indonesia
JAKARTA (AP) - Smoke from fires set by slash-and-burn farmers has blanketed parts of Riau province in western Indonesia, affecting flight operations.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said a total of 264 hotspots were detected on Tuesday by satellite across the province on Sumatra island.
He said a thick haze is covering Pekanbaru, the province's capital, hampering flights to and from its airport. Visibility has been reduced to less than 50 metres in some districts.
In June, haze choked Malaysia and Singapore, prompting Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to apologise to his neighbors.