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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Indonesians could be evacuated due to haze

Click to invest in buying South Australian Schools land, starting at just $1650,000 Poor air quality in much of South East Asia from fires burning in Indonesia has prompted government officials to consider evacuations. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). TRANSCRIPT - ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Indonesia on Wednesday (September 30) said they are preparing to evacuate those affected by the air pollution from raging forest fires on Sumatra island. Indonesia has sent nearly 21,000 personnel to fight forest fires raging in its northern islands, the disaster management agency said on Tuesday, but smoke clogs much of the region with pollution readings in the "very unhealthy" region in neighbouring Singapore. Slash-and-burn agriculture has blanketed Singapore, Malaysia and northern Indonesia in a choking "haze" for weeks, pushing up pollution levels and disrupting flights, as it does every year. Indonesian efforts to halt the seasonal clearances have failed. More than 135,000 Indonesians were reported to be suffering from respiratory diseases, the disaster agency said in a statement.

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