Haze Pollution in Indonesia

Smoke haze at 'unsafe levels' in 4 southern provinces

Date of Release: 
Oct 21 2015

The levels of particulate matter from Indonesia's forest fires in the southern provinces of Songkhla, Satun, Yala and Pattani have soared above safety levels, environmental authorities said on Wednesday.

Residents in all areas were advised to continually monitor the haze situation and wear face masks outside the home at all times.

The particulate matter (PM10) reading in the four provinces was measured on a rolling 24-hour average until 6pm, the Pollution Control Department said.

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Thick, unhealthy haze over South

Date of Release: 
Oct 22 2015

Smoke haze from Indonesia was at unhealthy levels in six southern provinces on Thursday and the problem was especially serious in Hat Yai district of Songkhla province.

The Pollution Control Department reported that unhealthy haze exceeded the safe level of 120 microgrammes per cubic metre of air in Narathiwat, Pattani, Satun, Songkhla, Surat Thani and Yala provinces.

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Indonesia sends force of nearly 21,000 to fight forest fires as haze continues to choke region

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.

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