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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia is facing a backlash over an online campaign backing palm oil at a time when forest fires, often linked to slash-and-burn land clearance, have spread choking smoke across the region, raising growing concern about damage to health.
BALIK PULAU: A total of 51 schools in Penang island's southwest district have been ordered to close as the Air Pollutant Index (API) hit 204 at 7am on Wednesday (Sept 18).
PETALING JAYA: The haze in Sarawak is moving into the danger zone, with the Air Pollutant Index (API) in Sri Aman going beyond the 300 mark.
PETALING JAYA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo has called for a crackdown on those responsible for forest fires in the republic.
SINGAPORE: Fires have been raging in the forests of Indonesia, but it has been hazy one moment and clear the next in Singapore.
JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered a crackdown against individuals and companies responsible for forest fires that have caused a dangerous haze in parts of Southeast Asia, disrupting air travel and closure of schools.
JAKARTA (ANN): At least two people, including an infant, are reported to have died as a result of the worsening haze situation in South Sumatra, prompting five NGOs to accuse the government of committing a serious breach of human rights for failing to control the fires in Sumatra as well as in Kalimantan.
Pekanbaru: Thousands of Indonesian firefighters are locked in an around-the-clock game of Whack-a-Mole as they battle to extinguish an invisible enemy – underground fires that aggravate global warming.
PEKANBARU, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia closed more schools on Monday in parts of the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, as well as providing oxygen at health centres to help treat some of the thousands suffering respiratory infections due to choking smoke from forest fires.
SINGAPORE: The air quality improved slightly as Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) readings dipped amid light rain in several parts of the island.