How can we breathe if the oxygen has been taken away, ask residents in haze-shrouded Pekanbaru

Pekanbaru, the capital of haze-shrouded Riau province, has been blanketed in thick haze originating from neighbouring provinces Jambi and South Sumatra.
Pekanbaru, the capital of haze-shrouded Riau province, has been blanketed in thick haze originating from neighbouring provinces Jambi and South Sumatra.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
Pekanbaru, the capital of haze-shrouded Riau province, has been blanketed in thick haze originating from neighbouring provinces Jambi and South Sumatra.
Pekanbaru, the capital of haze-shrouded Riau province, has been blanketed in thick haze originating from neighbouring provinces Jambi and South Sumatra.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
Pekanbaru, the capital of haze-shrouded Riau province, has been blanketed in thick haze originating from neighbouring provinces Jambi and South Sumatra.
Pekanbaru, the capital of haze-shrouded Riau province, has been blanketed in thick haze originating from neighbouring provinces Jambi and South Sumatra.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
The Siak river in Pekanbaru shrouded in haze on Sept 21, 2019.
The Siak river in Pekanbaru shrouded in haze on Sept 21, 2019.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
Business as usual at the Agus Salim market in haze-shrouded Pekanbaru on Sept 21, 2019.
Business as usual at the Agus Salim market in haze-shrouded Pekanbaru on Sept 21, 2019.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
Business in Pekanbaru has slumped the past two weeks with most people preferring to remain at home.
Business in Pekanbaru has slumped the past two weeks with most people preferring to remain at home.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
Business in Pekanbaru has slumped the past two weeks with most people preferring to remain at home.
Business in Pekanbaru has slumped the past two weeks with most people preferring to remain at home.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
A banner on the fence of a government building reads: “They burn the forest to make room for buildings or oil-palm plantation. As a result, humans, nature and animals become victims.”
A banner on the fence of a government building reads: “They burn the forest to make room for buildings or oil-palm plantation. As a result, humans, nature and animals become victims.”ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

PEKANBARU (Riau) - His house overlooks the wide and magnificent Siak river that runs from west to east of Pekanbaru and on a regular day, Mr Bakri Hamid would be on the front terrace enjoying the breeze while watching the trees sway in the wind.

But it is the haze season now, and nothing is normal.

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