Miri shrouded in smoke again after short respite


Areas near forests in Tukau are smoky, with low visibility.

MIRI: The forest fires are raging again, with many parts of Miri shrouded in a thick veil of smog.

Miri Fire and Rescue Department chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said the firemen were busy dealing with two hot spots.

They are in Tukau, about 20km south of the city and in Vista Perdana, 15km north of here.

“The fires were caused by illegal farmers,” he said.

Checks showed that visibility was reduced to just about 200m in several residential and commercial areas, especially along the Pujut to Lutong stretch.

The air is smoky and is causing breathing difficulties for thousands of residents in this resort city with a 350,000 population.

Supt Law said the rain over the past two weeks brought a temporary respite from the fires.

The fires in Sarawak started in early March.


   

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