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Helserisiko grunnet skogbranner på Sumatra


Myndighetene advarer folk om risikoen grunnet røyken som ligger tett over Phuket, Singapore og Malaysia.
Store skogbranner på Sumatra har ført til at røyk dekker store områder, og folk blir bedt om å ta forhåndsregler mot eventuelle helsemessig risiko. En del opplever pusteproblemer og anbefales om å ikke ferdes utendørs hvis det ikke er nødvendig.

Røykproblemene oppleves også sterke i Singapore og Malaysia. Sist søndag måtte et fly som skulle fra Bangkok til Kuala Lumpur omdirigeres til Phuket grunnet den tette røykdisen.


Health warnings issued after Sumatra fire haze smothers Phuket

Local weather experts are not yet willing to estimate how long the Sumatra forest fire haze will continue blanket Phuket, but the head of the regional environmental office urges people with breathing difficulties to take precautions.

“We expect the haze to cover Phuket for at least the coming few days,” Pornsri Suthanarak, the director of the Regional Environmental Office, told The Phuket News today (Sept 18).

The air quality – as determined by the particle count – is still considered “Medium”, she added.
“However, people with breathing conditions should take precautions, as some people have informed our office that they have had slight difficulty in breathing,” Ms Pornsri said.

“If is is not necessary, do not leave the house. People with breathing problems should stay indoors and avoid exposing themselves, and we urge asthmatics to keep their aspirators handy.”

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Hazy sky in Singapore. (Photo: Alvin Chong/CNA)


Myndighetene i Indonesia har erklært unntakstilstand grunnet skogbrannene.

State of emergency declared in Indonesia's Riau as forest fires worsen

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A burning forest at Ogan Komering Ulu area in Indonesia's south Sumatra province. (Photo: REUTERS/Beawiharta)

The worsening air quality in Riau province in Sumatra prompted the Indonesian government to declare a state of emergency.

JAKARTA: Indonesia declared a state of emergency in Sumatra’s Riau province after forest fires put its air quality at a dangerous level.

The worsening situation in Sumatra, west of Java, prompted the Indonesian military to step up efforts to extinguish the fires and assist residents facing health issues caused by the smoke.

An assessment is being made to determine if more troops should be deployed, Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar told Channel NewsAsia.

The government is serious about putting out the fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan but it would take up to three weeks, she added.

"In South Sumatra, visibility is not a problem. Aircraft can still operate. In Jambi, the situation is fluctuating. The big fire in Jambi was put out last Saturday," Ms Nurbaya said.

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