- Title: Sporadic rain in Kalimantan and Riau allows fire to grow
- Date: 10th October 2019
- Summary: EAST KOTA WARINGIN, CENTRAL KALIMANTAN PROVINCE, INDONESIA (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SMOKE BILLOWING FROM FOREST VARIOUS OF BURNING BUSHES VARIOUS OF FIREFIGHTERS SPRAYING WATER ON FIRE WITH HOSE SMOKE RISING FROM BURNT GROUND NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS LOCAL AUTHORITIES OF EAST KOTA WARINGIN (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) HEAD OF TASK FORCE FOR FOREST FIRES IN EAST KOTA WARINGIN, AHMAD SAFARI, SAYING: "In a few areas, there still no rain. For example, in Ganefo village, and the surrounding villages on Hunaon island there were some low intensity rainfall. Smoke (due to forest fires) is still visible in around 70 hectares (172.9 acres) of land and forest in that area. This land can be a potential hot spot, and if we don't take action there will be no rainfall." KAMPAR, RIAU PROVINCE, INDONESIA (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF HELICOPTER SPRAYING WATER ON BURNING FOREST VARIOUS OF SMOG COMING FROM BUSHES VARIOUS OF PALM OIL PLANTATION OWNER, SAMSU, PUTTING OUT FIRE WITH TREE BRANCHES (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) PALM OIL PLANTATION OWNER, SAMSU, SAYING: "The fire just comes out and burns, and we just realised that there were already-existing fires in the middle of the plantation. After two hours they just got bigger because of the wind and spread quickly." SAMSU WALKING AND HELICOPTER FLYING VARIOUS OF BURNT LAND AND SMOKE RISING FROM GROUND
- Embargoed: 24th October 2019 11:24
- Keywords: haze forest fire Kalimantan Riau smog slash-and-burn
- Location: EAST KOTA WARINGIN, CENTRAL KALIMANTAN PROVINCE, KAMPAR, RIAU PROVINCE, INDONESIA
- City: EAST KOTA WARINGIN, CENTRAL KALIMANTAN PROVINCE, KAMPAR, RIAU PROVINCE, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wildfires/Forest Fires
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0IL1DZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Smog caused by slash-and-burn farming practices returned to Indonesia's Kalimantan and Riau provinces on Thursday (October 10) after less than two weeks of clear skies.
Indonesia has spent months battling forest fires as an El Nino weather pattern intensifies the annual dry season and fires create a choking haze across the region.
In Riau, firefighting authorities dropped water from helicopters in an attempt to put out raging fires on Thursday.
The country's disaster mitigation agency said more than 320,000 hectares (790,000 acres) of forest had been burned from January to August this year, in what is seen as the worst such damage to forests since 2015.
(Production: Heru Asprihanto, Angie Teo)
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