SINGAPORE PRESS-Haze hampers efforts to put out fires - Straits Times

by Reuters
Monday, 3 March 2014 00:24 GMT

Thick haze blanketing parts of Indonesia's Riau province continued to ground helicopters and obstruct water bombing efforts, while Malaysia saw a return to hazy conditions on Sunday.

The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reading for Riau's capital Pekanbaru remained at very unhealthy levels, hitting 271 on Sunday afternoon, while the reading for Siak and some other locations crossed 500, a spokesman for Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency said.

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