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Haze blankets Southeast Asian countries

by VTV414 September 2019 Last updated at 07:00 AM

Smoke billows from a forest fire burning in Tapin regency near Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan province, Indonesia, August 29, 2019 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Picture taken August 29, 2019. Antara Foto/Bayu Pratama S via Reuters
Smoke billows from a forest fire burning in Tapin regency near Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan province, Indonesia, August 29, 2019 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Picture taken August 29, 2019. Antara Foto/Bayu Pratama S via Reuters

VTV.vn - A regional agency monitoring land and forest fires in Southeast Asia raised the alert on the danger of haze from Indonesia, as neighboring Malaysia and Singapore woke up to smoke-filled skies on Tuesday.

Air pollution has been detected in dozens of places in Malaysia and Indonesia, which has been warned as dangerous to human health.

Haze blanketed the iconic Petronas twin towers of Kuala Lumpur. Although many schools were open, students were given free masks.

Transboundary haze from Indonesia's Sumatra Island has caused nearly 40,000 people to suffer from respiratory problems.

Public health centers in the province have been mobilized to provide treatment to people affected by the haze.

Indonesia has mobilized thousands of staff to control the forest fires, but its neighbors still believe it needs to be more decisive in preventing forest fires.

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