Forest Fires Still Haunting Indonesia Throughout 2015

Forest Fires Still Haunting Indonesia Throughout 2015Liputan6.com, Jakarta – Forest fires have always been a disastrous event for Indonesia during the dry season. Not only harm the national economy, health is often disrupted. As a result of forest fires, Indonesia has also received strong criticism from the international community, especially neighboring countries.

The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) reminded that forest fires still occur in Indonesia by 2015. There are 10 provinces that are subscribed to this disaster.

"10 areas that are often subscribed are Aceh, Sumut, Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, Kalbar, Central Kalimantan, Kalimantan, East Kalimantan and Kaltara." The most severe each year is Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and South Kalimantan, "said Head Center Data, Information and Public Relations of BNPB, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, at his office, Jakarta, Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

According to BNPB findings, 99 percent of the causes of fire rampage in forest areas are human intentions.

"99 percent of forest fires are intentional or burned for clearing and land expansion," explained Sutopo.

As a result, the state suffered losses up to trillions of dollars. In Riau forest fires during February-April 2014 for example, the state loses Rp 20 trillion. "That includes 2,398 hectares of burning biosphere reserves," he added.

This crime, Sutopo continued, was done systematically, in which some groups used forest fires to withdraw funds from donors.

"The cost of land clearing, if burned only Rp600-800 thousand / hectare, without burning to Rp 3.4 million / hectare.Fire is also easy to raise environmental issues to donors, make proposals and related to climate change," said Sutopo.

Nevertheless, he ensures BNPB has prepared Rp 385 billion until September 2015 for handling forest fires. In addition, there are 10 helicopters with water booming equipment also been alerted for blackouts.

"We have MI-171 and Sikorsky helicopters, operating since July 12 and flying 553 in Pekanbaru, in Palembang there is also one helicopter," Sutopo concluded. (Bob / Ali)

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