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Indonesia bracing for forest fires, human factor blamed

By Bambang Purwanto
Xinhua News Agency
June 27, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: International

JAKARTA — While fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesia now has also to face land and forest fires as this year’s droughts are coming even earlier. Almost in every dry season Indonesia is hit by land and forest fires which produce thick smog… The natural disaster has also disturbed operations of public transportation due to the very short visibility caused by the thick smokes, forcing schools to suspend teaching. The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency reported that 17 percent of the dry season in the country occurred in April, 38 percent in May, 27 percent in June, and the rest could happen in July, August and September this year. …forest fires in Indonesia occur mostly due to human behaviors like slash and burn practices as well as disposal of smoking butts… Those conducts are punishable by law in Indonesia. 

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