Indonesia Experiences Country’s Biggest Forest Fire

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Highlights:

  • The extremely dry weather prevailing in Indonesia caused the forest fires.
  • The forest fire that occurred in Sumatra Island and Borneo Island in the western and central parts of Indonesia spread to Celebes Island, Maluku Islands and Papua in the East.
  • Satellite observation showed that the number of fire hotspots doubled to 3,226 on Tuesday as compared with 1,545 on Monday morning.
  • The Indonesian government has asked for help from Russia, Canada, Australia and other countries to send aircraft to extinguish the fire by means of water bombing.

“The number of these hotspots is the biggest ever,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the national disaster management agency.  He also added that “The government will boost air operation by increasing the number of aircraft for water bombing.”

Source: Firstpost

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