In Indonesia forest fires rage

Currently, six Indonesian provinces — Jambi, West Kalimantan, Riau, Central Kalimantan, South Sumatra and South Kalimantan — declared alarm in connection with large forest fires.

Satellites of the National Institute of Aeronautics and space of Indonesia (LAPAN) reported on Saturday 30 forest fires in the Indonesian province of Riau.

Pictures from space show that pockets of smoke are concentrated in the Western part of Riau province, and ground fires covered a wide area. Dry weather and high temperatures mean that land and forest fires easily break out and spread quickly, making it impossible to curb the flames.

Throughout the largest archipelago of a planet was 108 fires. Last Friday, the smoke of burning Indonesia forests and peatlands for the first time this year sucked neighbouring Singapore, endangering the health of its residents.

According to the National office for environmental protection (National Environment Agency — NEA) of the city-state, by midday the index of air pollution (Pollutant Standards Index PSI) for three hours reached 165. If the PSI is kept at over 100 during the day, it is considered a threat to human health, if the level is above 200 is extremely dangerous.

Currently, six Indonesian provinces — Jambi, West Kalimantan, Riau, Central Kalimantan, South Sumatra and South Kalimantan — declared alarm in connection with large forest fires.

Only in Riau with fire on earth fight about 7.2 thousand people, but only in Sumatra and Kalimantan on suppression of fires of forests and peat bogs thrown 17 helicopters and airplanes every year wildfires blazing on thousands of hectares in Indonesia, capturing and peatlands, making them difficult to extinguish. They usually begin with the establishment of the dry season, which is expected to peak in September.

According to the statement of the Indonesian Ministry of forestry, this year’s fires still affected a total area of 2.8 thousand hectares. Last year, the consequences of the strongest in living memory of generations of forest fires, when burning a total in excess of 260 hectares, was felt by 75% of the territory is the largest archipelago on the planet, including the capital Jakarta, as well as in neighboring Malaysia and Thailand and even parts of the Philippines.

The total number of Indonesians who died in the fight with the flame and smoke caused due to respiratory diseases amounted to a few dozen people, the number of stradajushi respiratory diseases because of the smoke exceeded half a million.

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