Southeast Asia’s haze: what’s behind the annual outbreaks?

JAKARTA (AFP) – Southeast Asia has been enveloped in choking haze from agricultural fires in Indonesia over the past fortnight, prompting flight cancellations, closing schools and raising fears this weekend’s glitzy Formula One night race in Singapore could be affected.

The haze is a regular occurrence, with the region wheezing through outbreaks every year during the dry season. Here are some questions and answers about what causes the outbreaks and why they keep happening.

Why do the outbreaks happen and when did they start?

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