Date of Release:
Sep 29 2015
Heavy smoke from "slash-and-burn" clearances often comes from the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan, where palm oil companies have large forest concessions.
Indonesian efforts to halt the seasonal clearances have failed.
This season's haze has blanketed the region in a choking haze for weeks, pushing up pollution levels and disrupting flights, as it does every year.
More than 135,000 Indonesians were reported to be suffering from respiratory diseases, Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.