Thousands affected by Indonesian forest fire smog
A thick haze settled on the province over the weekend, with the Bureau of Meteorology and Geophysics measuring air quality at unhealthy levels.
Most of Sumatra’s forest fires are said to be deliberately lit to clear land for plantations for products such as palm oil and paper. They have contributed to Indonesia’s status as the world's third largest greenhouse gas polluter.
The mix of burning vegetation and peat sends up plumes of brown smoke that settles across south east Asia, reaching as far as Laos and choking cities like Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
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