Malaysia trapped under forest fire haze

Malaysia trapped under forest fire haze

5 August 2009

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Malaysia — Malaysians are dealing with the worst haze levels recorded in the country this year.

Environment Department director-general Rosnani Ibarahim says hundreds of forest fires are burning in the Indonesian provinces of Kalimantan and Sumatra, and in Malaysia’s Sarawak state, on the island of Borneo.

The smoke is causing unhealthy levels of pollution in six areas, including a district of the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Two other areas are in surrounding Selangor state and three in Sarawak.

The Meteorological Services Department says the heavy haze has reduced visibility to two kilometres in Selangor and Malacca.

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