The Haze: Pain relief comes from rain

The Haze: Pain relief comes from rain

PEKANBARU, RIAU - They have only a vague idea of the pain and frustration they are causing to neighbouring countries like Singapore.

Yet year after year they continue clearing their plantations by setting the fields of peat ablaze. Even their fellow villagers are angry. And these villagers are in many ways more vocal than even Singaporeans.

They are outraged, villagers we encountered tell us. They can't breathe. They suffer from headaches and sore throats.

But they are also resigned to the haze becoming an annual event.

The conditions in Dumai and Rokan Hilir are far worse than anywhere else - in Indonesia or the region.

Visibility is near zero. The air is covered in acrid layers of smoke and speckled with ash. Domestic airports have been shut.

With the situation turning critical, isn't it time to stop the open burning methods once and for all?

Yes, they say, but...

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