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Jakarta Post

Officials rely on cloud seeding to combat forest fires

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 2, 2019   /  01:04 pm
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Firefighters battle a peatland fire in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra, on Sept. 23, 2019. (AFP/Abdul Qodir)

  Air quality in a number of areas affected by forest and land fires has improved as a result of a declining number of hot spots in Sumatra and Kalimantan, according a National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) official. BNPB acting spokesperson Agus Wibowo said there had been a reduction in hot spots in Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan. However, the number of hot spots in South Kalimantan is still growing and remains the worst among all the provinces. “National Institute of Aeronautics and Space [Lapan] satellite surveillance shows that air quality has improved because there has been a decrease in hot spots in Sumatra and Kalimantan,” Agus said at the BNPB building in East Jakarta on Monday. Despite the ongoing forest fires, recent air quality measurements conducted by the BNPB in all of the affected provinces showed a readi...