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PETALING JAYA: More than a thousand air travellers were left stranded at the Sultan Azlan Shah (LTSAS) airport in Ipoh, Perak, as flights were cancelled due to the worsening haze blanketing the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia and west Sarawak.

The haze also prevented fishermen in the state’s Manjung district from going out to sea due to safety concerns over low visibility.

He said from the six flights supposed to take off from the airport, only one managed to do so at 8.45am.Among passengers hit by the flight cancellations were a family of seven heading to Singapore for a wedding today. “At 5.30pm, we had to make impromptu arrangements, and managed to get a van to take us to Johor Baru for RM1,100.Norma Nordin, 47, from Singapore, was supposed to return home after spending a week in Ipoh.

Fisherman Faizul Sofian, 42, said although there were still several from the fishing community here who continue to haul their nets, they had been returning with poor catches, mainly because visibility was poor.“Hopefully, the situation won’t last very long as we depend on the sea for our livelihood.

 

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