Indonesia’s annual fire season has started again, with hotspots detected in 10 provinces. Some of the fires have been detected in protected areas with large swaths of peatland. The government says it’s preparing to carry out cloud seeding to induce rainfall in affected areas.
Why Indonesia do open burning?
Commercial activity, particularly forest clearing and peatland draining by the palm oil, pulp and paper industries has dried out huge swathes of the Indonesian landscape, creating the perfect conditions for fires to take hold.
Where is the forest fire in Indonesia?
JAKARTA — Forest fires are starting to break out in parts of Indonesia as the dry season gets underway, threatening to compound respiratory illnesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Fires have already appeared in Sumatra and Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo.
Why do people burn the forests?
Forest fires help in the natural cycle of woods’ growth and replenishment. They: Release seeds or otherwise encourage the growth of certain tree species, like lodgepole pines. Clear dead trees, leaves, and competing vegetation from the forest floor, so new plants can grow.
Why does Malaysia have haze?
Air pollution has been an ongoing problem in many countries in the Southeast Asia region, and Malaysia is one of the worst affected. The main cause of this haze is the slash and burn practice by farmers and peat fires blown by the wind from Indonesia.
How can we solve haze problem?
Avoid smoking. Other than exposing your lungs to the same toxins found in hazy conditions, smoking makes your lungs more sensitive to the effects of air pollutants. Stay indoors as much as possible and keep the doors and windows closed. If you have an air conditioner, switch it on and ensure the air filter is clean.
What are the effects of wildfires in Indonesia?
The fires affected a large portion of the Indonesian population causing economic hardship and disruption to commerce and short and long term health problems. The smoke and haze generated by the fires also caused disruptions and economic loss to many neighbouring countries, causing diplomatic tensions.