Haze from Indonesia fires now affecting Philippines

MANILA: A Philippine official says haze blown by monsoon winds from intentionally ignited fires in Indonesia has started to affect some regions in the western Philippines and raised concerns about aviation safety and possible health risks.

Landrico Dalida Jr, deputy administrator of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, said yesterday that light to moderate haze had begun to affect the southern city of Zamboanga, the central cities of Cebu and Dumaguete as well as the western province of Palawan.Dalida said if visibility worsened, airport officials and airlines may consider cancelling flights due to safety concerns.

He also advised people to wear face masks if the haze became a health risk.

Smoke from Indonesia’s fires has blanketed parts of Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and southern Thailand in a noxious haze. — AP


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