State of Emergency Declared in Sumatra’s Riau Province due to Smoke from Forest Fires
Posted by feww on September 15, 2015
Malaysia closes schools as blanket of smoke covers Kuala Lumpur, adjacent states
Malaysian schools have been ordered closed as a hazardous smog from Indonesian forest fires blankets the capital, multiple states and neighboring Singapore.
At least 34 of Malaysia’s 52 air quality stations were recoding unhealthy air levels on Tuesday, according to local reports.
Meanwhile, Indonesian authorities declared a State of Emergency in Sumatra’s Riau province as hazardous levels of pollution were reported in multiple regions, including Sumatra and Borneo.
“Tens of thousands of people in smoke-choked regions of Sumatra and Borneo have fallen ill, while air travel there has also been disrupted due to poor visibility,” said a report.