Indonesia ‘doing everything’ to put out forest fires: President Widodo

18 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

PEKANBARU: Indonesia is battling forest fires causing toxic haze across southeast Asia with aircraft, artificial rain and even prayer, President Joko Widodo said during a visit to a hard-hit area Tuesday, reports AFP.

Forest fires are raging on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, sending a choking fug across the region—including towards neighbours Malaysia and Singapore.

During a visit to Riau province in central Sumatra Tuesday, Widodo said nearly 6,000 troops had been sent to hot spots to help put out fires.

“We have made every effort,” he said. As well as firefighters on the ground, dozens of aircraft were being used to seed clouds and bomb blazes with water, he said.

“We have also prayed,” he added, after a visit to Amrulloh Mosque in Pekanbaru.


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