Keep Your N95 Masks On Hand Because The Haze Is Back In Indonesia

A total of 691 hotspots were detected yesterday, 14 October.

Cover image via Mushaful Imam for Antara Foto/Reuters & Reuters/theSundaily

You might want to keep your N95 masks nearby, as it seems the haze has sprung back into action

Following three weeks of clear air, The Jakarta Post reported that the haze has returned in Sumatra due to pollution from forest and peatland fires in several regions of the island yesterday, 14 October.

The worst-hit area was in the city of Palembang, South Sumatra - where the Air Pollution Index (API) reading hit 921

According to New Straits Times, Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency Centre of Data, Information, and Public Relations head Agus Wibowo reported a total of 691 hotspots were detected in South Sumatra, Riau, Jambi, and parts of Kalimantan province.

Agus said that more than 8,000 personnel has been deployed to douse the fires, while seven helicopters are conducting water bombing and seed clouding operations.

Regional haze situation on Monday, 14 October.

Image via ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre

At the time of writing, API readings in Malaysia are still within the 'good' and 'moderate' range

Based on hourly recordings by the Air Pollutant Index of Malaysia (APIMS) website, no 'unhealthy' levels of air quality was recorded between the period of Monday, 14 October at 2pm and Tuesday, 15 October at 1pm.

Using the right face mask during 'haze season' is super important:

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