Haze will not only disturb the sight of the surrounding but it also potentially jeopardizing the health. The Southeast Asia region has been badly affected by the haze since the last 2 weeks; originating from the burning of oil plantations by irresponsible parties in Sumatra, causing the by-product smoke suffocating the surrounding atmosphere especially the neighbours, Malaysia and Singapore. In addition according to Wikipedia, it is suspected that the source of the haze was perhaps a 3,000 hectare peatland in Bengkalis Regency which is in Riau set ablaze by an unknown party on 9th of June.
Haze in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
As per last week around 20th June, Singapore has been badly affected by the haze, forcing the Singapore Government to supply masks to Singaporeans. The haze fiasco has severed the diplomatic ties between Singapore and Indonesia; with both countries blaming each other – Singapore was calling Indonesian authority to really look into this delicate matter BUT Indonesia responded with mockeries; claiming that Singapore was “acting like a child” – saying that all these while, they have been “supplying oxygen with their trees” but when things went wrong, Singapore was being “ungrateful”.
The satellite images of the haze in ASEAN region particularly Malaysia & Singapore.
As for Malaysia, the haze worsens circa 22nd June with Johor as the most-badly affected state especially Muar. Schools were closed and curfews were implemented to people for the sake of their health. My place, Serendah which is in the district of Hulu Selangor in Selangor was affected on the Sunday morning 23th June 2013 and worsen on 24th June 2013. I hardly could see any visions of yonder-looking hills surrounding Serendah due to the haze! As of 24th June 2013, schools in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor were asked to be closed due to very BAD Air Pollution Index (API) – an indicator used to measure the quality of air. My school which is SK Serendah has been closed on Monday, 24th June 2013 due to the BAD weather! Personally, I was feeling suffocated with the air because by hook or by crook, the air would circulate in my house! My tonsil has since enlarged due to the unhealthy condition…… Sigh. This 2013 haze is reportedly to be the worst-case scenario since the 2005 haze in Malaysia; causing one death of a Malaysian woman in Muar due to asthma – badly affected by this haze originating from Indonesia.
My pupils coming back to school when it is reopened on Tuesday, 25th June 2013.
The bad weather caused by haze in Serendah, Hulu Selangor; dated 25th June 2013.
As usual, Indonesia always wants to finger-points others but not their owns. This time around, the Indonesia claims that there are several Malaysian companies involved in the burning. As per article in The Malaysian Insider, Sime Darby claims that they are NOT involved in the burning (Refer to : http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/sime-darby-clears-itself-of-blame-malaysias-gets-a-haze-break/); nonetheless for the Malaysian authority who clearly is rationale – any alleged Malaysian companies found to be involved in the burning will have full Malaysian Government support if the Indonesian Government were to penalize them (Refer to http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/6/24/nation/20130624155829&sec=nation).
The rain due to the successful cloud seeding by Malaysian Government and Royal Malaysian Air Force in Serendah! Alhamdulillah. It helped to alleviate the hazy situation.
Alhamdulillah, Malaysia has successfully applies the cloud seeding to various hot spots especially in my area, Serendah and the surrounding which is Batang Kali & Rawang. Serendah has been raining for the past 2 days, Alhamdulillah! Kudos to the Malaysian Government and cooperation with the Royal Malaysian Air Force for the cloud seeding. According to the news as per dated 22th June 2013, it was reported that the Malaysian Government has offered Indonesia to implement the cloud seeding (Refer to : http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malaysia-to-offer-cloud-seeding-to-indonesia). Nevertheless, the offer remained unanswered.
The spots with very bad Air Pollution Index or API. Originally ignited in Indonesia, the haze spread to Malaysia & Singapore.
On whole, I hope, this haze will cease. Amin.