Haze covers Riau and West Kalimantan

PEKANBARU: Haze continued to blanket this capital of Indonesia's Riau province for a fourth day, reducing visibility to 10m yesterday morning. 

The thick smog has disrupted the people's daily activities and affected their health. 

At least 13 domestic and international flights to and from the Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport here were postponed on Tuesday due to the smog. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite early this week detected more than 400 hot spots in the province. 

Meanwhile, in Pontianak, capital of West Kaliman- 

tan province, the haze covered the city from 6am to 7am yesterday. 

Many people on the streets wore masks to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses. 

Haze is an annual problem in Borneo island in general, and West Kalimantan in particular, during the dry season as many people practise the slash-and-burn method of clearing land. – Oana/Antara  

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