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Indonesia doing everything to put out forest fires, says Widodo

Christian Fernsby |
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.

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Topics: INDONESIA    FOREST    FIRE    WIDODO   

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.


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