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Indonesia sends thousands of security personnel to combat forest fires

by VTV416 September 2019 Last updated at 14:34 PM

VTV.vn - Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on September 17 that about 5,600 additional military personnel have been deployed to help 9,000 people currently fighting bush fires, which have razed nearly 329,000 hectares of land nationwide.

At least 52 helicopters have been mobilized for the job. The Indonesian president also flew to Riau province, where nearly 50,000 hectares of forest have burned, to encourage authorities to get the haze under control. The haze from forest fires has seriously polluted the atmosphere of central Indonesia and its neighboring countries. The air pollution index in the town of Port Dickson, Western Malaysia is up to 203, which is very harmful to human health. On Tuesday, Malaysia closed hundreds of elementary schools in several states affected by the haze.

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