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Officials rely on cloud seeding to combat forest fires

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 3 2019   /  12:14 am
Put out the flame: Land and forest fire prevention patrol personnel attempt to extinguish fires engulfing peatland in Ganepo village, East Kotawaringin regency, Central Kalimantan, on Wednesday. Land and forest fires in several areas across the province continue even though rain has begun to fall.(Antara/Bayu Pratama S.)(Antara/Bayu Pratama S.)

Put out the flame: Land and forest fire prevention patrol personnel attempt to extinguish fires engulfing peatland in Ganepo village, East Kotawaringin regency, Central Kalimantan, on Wednesday. Land and forest fires in several areas across the province continue even though rain has begun to fall.(Antara/Bayu Pratama S.)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 ai...