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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Malaysia haze triggers emergency
Kuala Lumpur skyline in January 2005 (left) and August 2005
Kuala Lumpur's landmarks have disappeared
Malaysia has announced a state of emergency in two cities after air pollution reached dangerous levels.

The pollution is blamed on fires lit to clear land in neighbouring Indonesia, seriously affecting air quality and visibility across the Malacca Strait.

Air quality readings taken in the two cities showed pollution markers to be above the emergency level of 500.

The haze has prompted hundreds of schools to shut, as well as disrupting airports and busy shipping lanes

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