Peat fires in Indonesia

In five Indonesian provinces declared a state of emergency due to peat fires that erupted in Aceh. There is a threat of spreading fires to other areas.

According to the official representative of the National Agency for Mitigation of the Consequences of Natural Disasters, Sutopo Purvo Nugroho, 18 helicopters were involved in extinguishing fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

“Satellite images show that the number of fires increased from 150 on Sunday to 179 on Tuesday,” he added.

Nugroho noted that the Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan and South Kalimantan provinces declared emergency situations in anticipation of exacerbation of fires and because of the suffocating smoke that occurs when burning peat bogs.

A state of emergency was previously announced in the area of ​​West Aceh, where the area of ​​fires on peatlands increased by more than 70 hectares during the week.

As a result of destructive fires during the dry season in 2015, 2.6 million hectares of land were burned. From suffocating smoke caused by fires, residents of Sumatra, Borneo, Singapore, Malaysia and southern Thailand suffered

Previously, Nugroho warned that in the coming months the situation with forest and peat fires will worsen, as the peak of the dry season is expected in August and September.

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