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Jokowi calls on agency to quickly resolve forest fires

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Jakarta   /   Wed, September 30, 2015   /  05:49 pm
Jokowi calls on agency to quickly resolve forest fires Smoke rises from a fire in Sumatran forest on deforestation coverage from above with Kamov helicopter of the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) Indonesia in Riau islands, Indonesia on Sept. 13, 2015. (Sutanta Aditya/Anadolu Agency via AFP) (BNPB) Indonesia in Riau islands, Indonesia on Sept. 13, 2015. (Sutanta Aditya/Anadolu Agency via AFP)

Smoke rises from a fire in Sumatran forest on deforestation coverage from above with Kamov helicopter of the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) Indonesia in Riau islands, Indonesia on Sept. 13, 2015. (Sutanta Aditya/Anadolu Agency via AFP)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called on the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to quicken the process of extinguishing forest and land fires.

"The President has instructed us to quickly extinguish the forest and land fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan," said head of BNPB Sutopo Purwo Nugroho after a meeting with Jokowi at the State Palace on Wednesday as quoted by tempo.co.

According to Sutopo, the agency has deployed more personnel in significant hot spots such as Jambi, Ogan Komering Ilir and Musi Banyuasin in South Sumatra, and Pulau Pisau, Kapuas and Kotawaringin Timur in Central Kalimantan.

"We will add more personnel and air power as well as focus on tackling forest fires in significant hot spots in South Sumatra as as well as Central Kalimantan," said Sutopo. (kes)(++++)

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