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More than 400 hotspots detected in Indonesia

The Star/ANN | Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014

Air quality around Malaysia's capital and on Borneo island was "unhealthy", with one town reaching "very unhealthy" levels as haze, mostly from forest fires in Indonesia, obscured skies.

KUALA LUMPUR - More than 400 hotspots have been detected in Indonesia.

According to Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), 143 of the hotspots were found in Riau province on the central eastern coast of Sumatra and 268 in West Kalimantan in Borneo.

Water bombings were being conducted at the hotspots to put out the fires, BNPB said in a statement on Tuesday.

"A mass area of some 848ha of land was covered in fire," it added.

In fact, the number of hotspots in Sumatra has been reduced from 329 detected on Sunday, as reported by the state-run Antara News Agency. 

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