Pekanbaru, Riau (ANTARA) – Students and teachers in Pekanbaru, Riau Province, were left with no choice but to wear face masks as haze, arising from forest and bush fires, hung over the city since early this week. “Since Monday, schools have appealed to students to wear face marks, as children are susceptible to smoke emitted from forest fires,” Afni Sarianti, a teacher of the Islam Akramunnas Kindergarten, noted here on Wednesday. The students were explained about the health hazard posed by exposure to haze. “Before entering classrooms and before leaving for home, we remind the children of the dangers of haze smoke,” she noted. Sarianti is optimistic that the government would act promptly in dealing with forest and bush fires to prevent recurrence of the forest fire disaster that had taken place in 2015 and forced schools to temporarily close for about a month due to the thick haze covering the city. An official of the Pekanbaru meteorology station noted that the haze affecting Pekanbaru arose from forest fires in Pelalawan District, located in the south of Pekanbaru. “Satellite monitoring shows that Pekanbaru and Pelalawan are being shrouded by haze,” Yasir Prayuna, an analyst of the Pekanbatu Meteorology Station, remarked…. Read full this story
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