PEKANBARU. The Riau Health Agency says as many as 25,524 residents from 12 different regencies and municipalities have suffered from illnesses caused by haze from forest fires, which has blanketed the province since the beginning of September.
The agency’s head Andra Sjafril said that 20,901 people had suffered from respiratory illness; 1,920 from skin irritations; 1,356 from eye irritations; 893 from asthma; and 454 from pneumonia.
“All of them are receiving out-patient medical services. Pekanbaru has the largest number of patients, followed by Kuantan Singingi and Siak regencies. Meranti Islands regency has the lowest number of patients,” said Andra.
Therefore, the teachers of SD Juara Pekanbaru held Salat Al-Istisqa at the yard of school, Thursday (8/10).Salat Al-istisqa is taken recourse to when seeking rain from Allah during times of drought. Sometimes, the absence of rain is the result of the sins of people and is a sign of divine wrath and chastisement.
The Messenger of Allah (S) has said: “When God is displeased with a community and does not bring chastisement to it, inflation will occur and the lifespan will become shorter; traders will not profit and trees will not bear fruit; rivers will not be full of water and rain will be withheld from people; wickedness will become rampant.”.