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In pictures: Malaysia haze
Kuala Lumpur Tower, partially obscured, 10 August
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A thick haze cloaked parts of Malaysia on Wednesday, including the capital Kuala Lumpur, after smoke from forest and peat fires filled the air.
Thick haze covers the city of Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers, Saturday, 6 Aug, 2005.
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The top of the Petronas Towers, one of the world's tallest buildings, was almost invisible from the ground.
Motorists cover their mouths to protect themselves from smoky haze in downtown Kuala Lumpur, 10 August 2005.
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Many people wore masks or pressed handkerchiefs to their faces when outside. Officials said the pollution - the worst since 1998 - was already causing health problems.
Pedestrians cross a street while shrouded in a dense haze in downtown Kuala Lumpur, 10 August 2005.
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The government bowed to public pressure and released previously secret figures on air quality, saying schools would be closed if the problem got worse.
Tourists sit at the entrance to Kuala Lumpur Tower, 10 August
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Tourists, too, were affected. Famous landmarks almost disappeared in the haze.
Malaysia's capital city of Kuala Lumpur is cloaked with the thick hazy skylines in the view from Kuala Lumpur Tower, 10 Aug 2005.
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Malaysia says hundreds of forest fires are raging on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, sending pollutants across the Malacca Strait and into Malaysia.
Malaysian firemen walk across scorched earth after battling vast peat fires in a palm oil plantation south of Kuala Lumpur, 6 August 2005.
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But the pollution levels are also due to fires closer to home. In recent weeks firemen have been battling against peat fires outside Kuala Lumpur.

See the thick haze that has reduced visibility in Malaysia

Forest fires spread in Malaysia
25 Feb 05 |  Asia-Pacific
Sumatra forest fire haze spreads
23 Jun 04 |  Asia-Pacific

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