Govt To Anticipate Forest Fires, Smog

Govt To Anticipate Forest Fires, Smog

15 June 2007

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Indonesia –The government is allocating up to Rp 144 billion (US$15.8million) this year to deal with the forest fires and smog that have seenneighboring countries denounced Indonesia over.

The government said Thursday that governors and regents would be prepared todeal with the man-made disasters to reach the goal of zero hot spots this year,Forestry Minister M.S. Kaban said at the presidential office.

“We have less than 100 hot spots now across Kalimantan, South Sulawesi,Riau, Jambi and North Sumatra. Last year there were thousands,” he saidafter a meeting with several ministers and the governors of eight fire-proneregions.

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