Haze returns | Asia Pacific

Haze returns

Haze returns

Updated 19 March 2012, 18:55 AEDT

The thick blanket of acrid smog that covered parts of southeast Asia for several weeks in late 1997 has returned, smothering West Kalimantan in Indonesia, as well as parts of southern Thailand and Malaysia.

The billowing smoke is threatening public health and has disrupted several flights. Residents in five Thai provinces bordering Malaysia have been warned to stay indoors or wear face masks. The Malaysian government is so concerned about smoke blowing in from Indonesia, it's banned open burning for the next three months. Claudette Werden's report begins with a Singaporean weather forecaster.

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