- Title: Tourists in Malaysia complain of haze-shrouded skyline
- Date: 17th September 2019
- Summary: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (SEPTEMBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS SHROUDED IN HAZE BUILDINGS SHROUDED IN HAZE KUALA LUMPUR TOWER SHROUDED IN HAZE VARIOUS OF KUALA LUMPUR SKYLINE ENVELOPED IN HAZE TRAFFIC MALAYSIAN FLAG VARIOUS OF TOURISTS AT KUALA LUMPUR TOWER OBSERVATION DECK BRITISH TOURIST MUSHARRAAF ISMAIL STANDING (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH TOURIST, MUSHARRAAF ISMAIL, SAYING: "We haven't booked the Petronas Towers yet but we are going to do it. Malaysia is a country that I like, it is really nice, really friendly people, food is very nice but I am just quite disappointed with the view up here, to be honest." TOURIST AT OBSERVATION DECK TOURIST FROM GERMANY JULIA SCHOENEBERGER TAKING PHOTOS (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST FROM GERMANY JULIA SCHOENEBERGER SAYING: "Because we're a little bit injured, so we had to stay a lot of time in the hotel, so it was all right for us." VARIOUS OF TOURIST AT OBSERVATION DECK TAKING PHOTOS
- Embargoed: 1st October 2019 12:20
- Keywords: Malaysia Kuala Lampur Haze Petronas towers Foreign tourists
- Location: KUALA LAMPUR, MALAYSIA
- City: KUALA LAMPUR, MALAYSIA
- Country: Malaysia
- Topics: Pollution,Environment
- Reuters ID: LVA001AX1NQRR
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- Story Text: Tourists hoping to catch a view of Kuala Lumpur's famed skyline were left disappointed on Tuesday (September 17), as smoke from forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia shrouded the Malaysian capital in a thick haze.
The Petronas twin towers, once the tallest buildings in the world, were barely visible from the Kuala Lumpur Tower skydeck, where thousands of visitors go to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Large swathes of Malaysia have been covered in a cloud of haze as raging fires in Indonesia's Sumatra and Kalimantan provinces have been sending plumes of smoke into the skies.
Poor air quality and pollution have forced Malaysia to close hundreds of schools and the country has also carried out cloud seeding in several states in the hope of inducing rain.
In recent weeks, the Indonesian government has sent in thousands of military and police to douse the flames. Indonesia's neighbours have regularly complained about smog caused by its forest blazes - often started by farmers trying to clear land for palm oil and pulp plantations - though Jakarta has denied the accusation, saying forest fires had also started in other countries across the region.
(Production: Ebrahim Harris)
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