Indonesia’s Smoke and Haze:

Desperate evacuees took to their motorbikes in a desperate attempt to escape the acrid haze and choking pollution caused by thousands of forest fires in Indonesia 

Desperate evacuees took to their motorbikes in a desperate attempt to escape the acrid haze and choking pollution caused by thousands of forest fires in Indonesia

  • Warships have been put on standby in case civilians need evacuating
  • Threat of acrid haze from forest fires has caused respiratory illnesses
  • Two months of fires caused by slash-and-burn farming led to serious air pollution

An Indonesian woman and a child walk on a bamboo bridge as thick yellow haze shrouds Palangkaraya on Oct 22, 2015. AFP photo

This is the moment desperate evacuees took to their motorbikes in a desperate attempt to escape the acrid haze and choking pollution caused by thousands of forest fires in Indonesia.

For nearly two months, thousands of fires caused by slash-and-burn farming in Indonesia have choked vast expanses of Southeast Asia, forcing schools to close and scores of flights o be cancelled.

Warships have even been put on standby to evacuate victims from haze-affected provinces, especially children and women, while pollution caused by the fires has killed at least 10 and caused respiratory illnesses in half a million.

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Air pollution from fire in Indonesia causes mass haze

Two warships were deployed to Kalimantan yesterday and another carrying medical workers and health equipment expected today.

Military spokesman Tatang Sulaiman said the warships, which will be standing by in Banjarmasin, the capital of south Kalimantan, could serve as evacuation centers and hospitals for those affected by the haze.

Tatang said there was no immediate plan to bring people onboard but that could change if hospitals on land reach capacity or become overwhelmed.

‘The ships are sent just in case children or pregnant women must be relocated from the local health facilities, it does not mean everyone would be put into the ships,’ Tatang said.

The worryingly thick haze covers the sun and the clouds over the southern city of Narathiwat

The worryingly thick haze covers the sun and the clouds over the southern city of Narathiwat

Helping hand: A volunteer firefighter attempts to dowse the flames after many of the fires were deliberately started by farmers using the slash-and-burn method to clear land

Helping hand: A volunteer firefighter attempts to dowse the flames after many of the fires were deliberately started by farmers using the slash-and-burn method to clear land

‘So far health facilities on the ground in Kalimantan are still trying their best, we are just getting ready by deploying warships,’ Tatang said.

‘For now the ships will be standing by. We will begin evacuation when there is an instruction from the government,’ navy spokesman Muhammad Zainuddin told AFP.

The government has deployed around 30 aircraft to fight the fires and for cloud seeding with 22,000 troops on the ground to combat the blazes.

The fires have killed 10 people so far, with some of the victims dying from fighting the blaze and from respiratory illnesses caused by the pollution.

More than 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres) of land has been burned and six provinces severely affected by the haze, according to Indonesia's forestry ministry

More than 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres) of land has been burned and six provinces severely affected by the haze, according to Indonesia’s forestry ministry

The government has deployed around 30 aircraft to fight the fires and for cloud seeding with 22,000 troops on the ground to combat the blazes

The government has deployed around 30 aircraft to fight the fires and for cloud seeding with 22,000 troops on the ground to combat the blazes

At least half a million people have suffered from respiratory illness since the fires started in July and 43 million people have been affected in the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan.

More than 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres) of land has been burned and six provinces severely affected by the haze, according to Indonesia’s forestry ministry.

Other countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Japan have sent assistance to help Indonesia fighting the forest fires.

With Malaysia, Singapore and parts of Thailand already affected, the Philippines Friday said the haze had now spread there, disrupting air traffic and prompting warnings for residents to wear face masks.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3287801/Indonesia-shrouded-acrid-haze-forest-fire-prepared-evacuate-thousands-path-choking-pollution.html#ixzz3pZYkTBBl
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One Response to “Indonesia’s Smoke and Haze:”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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