Indonesian government sets to tackle forest fire in various parts of the country


Indonesian Environment Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar proposed a meeting with President Joko Widado to tackle forest fires in various parts of the country.

Local news portal quoted Siti as she proposed that meeting with President after meeting him at the Presidential Palace on Monday August 7, 2017.

She said, “I will follow this up with the Cabinet Secretary. I will immediately send out the letters to ask for a coordination meeting with all the heads of districts, especially in the fire-prone areas.”

Authorities detected an increase in number of hotspots in Indonesia’s eastern most popular province of Papua.

In the statement on Monday, BNPB said, “Most of the forest fires occur in the regencies of Merauke and Mappi.”

The spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, “The number of hotspots from forest fires continues to fluctuate. Rain and firefighters efforts in Sumatra and Kilmantan have helped reduce the hotspot.”












Reporter: Syeda Faiza Bukhari

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