Sumatra declares forest fires emergency

2016-03-08 16:03
An Indonesian national board for disaster management MI-17 helicopter water-bombs a fire spot over Ogan Komering Ilir area, in South Sumatra province. (Abdul Qodir, AFP)

An Indonesian national board for disaster management MI-17 helicopter water-bombs a fire spot over Ogan Komering Ilir area, in South Sumatra province. (Abdul Qodir, AFP)

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Jakarta - Forest and plantation fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island at the onset of the dry season prompted the affected province to declare an emergency, an official said on Tuesday.

The emergency status in Riau province will be in effect for the next three months, said the head of the local disaster management agency, Edward Sanger.

Six districts in Riau have reported outbreaks of forest fires and requested assistance to fight them, Sanger said.

"Fires are in areas that are hard to access so we are sending helicopters to douse them," he said. 

Forest fires are an annual hazard in Indonesia and resulting haze often travels to neighbouring countries, sending air pollution to hazardous levels.

Last year's fires ravaged 2.6 million ha of forest and farmland across the Indonesian archipelago from June to October and cost the country about $16.1bn, the World Bank said.

Haze pollution caused by the fires left more than 500 000 people sick, the National Disaster Management Agency said.

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