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Face masks a common sight in Jakarta as pollution takes its toll

Government estimates that at least 70 per cent of the capital's air pollution is from vehicles
Monday, September 28, 2015 - 05:50
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Passengers on a bus in Jakarta last week. A study has found that 58 per cent of all illnesses among people living in the city were related to air pollution as of 2011.

Jakarta

THE young woman sat on a bench at a bus terminal here one recent morning, listening to her iPod beneath a bright blue sky. But despite the sunshine and a light breeze, the woman, Fety Dwiyanti, wore a face mask. She did not have the flu or a cold, though, she was just worried