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Hot spots spread, regions on alert

  • Ivany Atina Arbi, Rizal Harahap and N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Pekanbaru/Balikpapan   /   Tue, August 13 2019   /  12:09 am
Into the flames: Firefighters battle a peatland fire in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra, as the dry season continues across the country. Indonesian authorities are deploying thousands of extra personnel to prevent a repeat of the 2015 fires, which were the worst the region had seen in two decades and choked neighboring countries Singapore and Malaysia with thick haze. (AFP/Abdul Qodir)(AFP/Abdul Qodir)

Into the flames: Firefighters battle a peatland fire in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra, as the dry season continues across the country. Indonesian authorities are deploying thousands of extra personnel to prevent a repeat of the 2015 fires, which were the worst the region had seen in two decades and choked neighboring countries Singapore and Malaysia with thick haze. (AFP/Abdul Qodir)Authorities have reported a sharp increase in hot spots in Kalimantan and Sumatra in the past few days, raising concerns about a possible repeat of the 2015 haze crisis that badly affected the islands, as well Singapore and Malaysia.“If we fail to address the forest fires soon, we are likely to see the 2015 haze crisis happening again,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Agus Wibowo said.He said this year’s dry season would be exceptionally long and it would exacerbate the impact of fore...