Malaysia sends half a million face masks to haze-hit state, shuts schools

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia sent half a million face masks to the eastern state of Sarawak and closed more than 400 schools there on Tuesday as a haze spread from forest fires, officials said. Smoke was drifting over from blazes in neighbouring Indonesia, Malaysian authorities said – though Indonesia dismissed that accusation and said forest fires had also started in other countries across the region.

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