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Closures affect millions of students as toxic haze from forest fires send air quality plummeting in the region.

Thousands of schools have been ordered closed across Malaysia and Indonesia on Thursday, affecting at least 1.7 million students, officials said, as toxic haze from rampant forest fires in Indonesia sent air quality plummeting.

Nearly 2,500 schools were ordered to suspend classes in Malaysia – including nearly 300 in the smog-hit capital of Kuala Lumpur – over soaring health concerns sparked by toxic haze from out-of-control blazes in Indonesia’s Sumatra and Borneo islands.

In the Malaysian city of Kuching, on Borneo island, the air pollution index recorded levels of 267 as of 06:00 GMT, earning a grade of “Very Unhealthy” and putting it among the most polluted areas in the world, according to the World Air Quality Index. Malaysia’s environment ministry also categorises it as “very unhealthy”.

In Indonesia, hundreds of schools in hard-hit Riau province on Sumatra island were also set to close on Thursday – with 800 already closed in one district alone – while about 1,300 were closed in its Central Kalimantan province on Borneo. Read more

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Closures affect millions of students as toxic haze from forest fires send air quality plummeting in the region.

Closures affect millions of students as toxic haze from forest fires send air quality plummeting in the region.

Closures affect millions of students as toxic haze from forest fires send air quality plummeting in the region.

Closures affect millions of students as toxic haze from forest fires send air quality plummeting in the region.

Closures affect millions of students as toxic haze from forest fires send air quality plummeting in the region.

Closures affect millions of students as toxic haze from forest fires send air quality plummeting in the region.

Closures affect millions of students as toxic haze from forest fires send air quality plummeting in the region.