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Jambi faces crop failure, clean water crisis following prolonged drought

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

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Jambi   /   Fri, August 2, 2019   /  04:07 pm
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Personnel from Asia Pulp and Paper’s integrated fire management team prepare to extinguish fire during a simulation in West Tanjung Jabung regency, Jambi Province.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The intense dry season has led to drought in Jambi, with thousands of hectares of rice fields potentially facing crop failure and residents running out of clean water, while the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has recorded 53 hot spots in the province Drought has affected rice fields in three villages in Marosebo subdistrict of Muarojambi regency, namely Danau Kedap, Bakung Darat and Mudung Darat. Land cracks have begun to form on the fields partly because the villages have not seen rain in the past months. "We are expecting the harvest season in the near future, but it won't happen," said a farmer in Danau Kedap village, Usmiatun. Her crops had turned yellow, showing signs of dryness instead of signaling the harvest season. "The regency administration has not taken any serious action [to help us],...