Thousands pray for rain in Indonesia as forests go up in smoke

Thousands pray for rain in Indonesia as forests go up in smoke


Thousands pray for rain in Indonesia as forests go up in smoke

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Thousands of Indonesians prayed for rain in haze-hit towns on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo on Wednesday (Sept 11), as forest fires raged at the height of the dry season, the state Antara news agency reported.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

But Indonesia said this week it was not to blame and fires had been spotted by satellites in several neighbouring countries.

Thousands of people in Pekanbaru, capital of Riau province in Sumatra, held Islamic prayers for rain outside the governor's office. Many of those taking part wore face masks to protect themselves from the smoke, Antara reported.

Mosques in Malaysia have also been encouraged to hold prayers for rain, said the head of Malaysia's Islamic Development Department, Mr Mohamad Nordin, according to the state news agency Bernama.

Mr Endro Wibowo, deputy police chief of the town of Sampit in Central Kalimantan province, said his team was working around the clock to put out the fires.

The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) said small-scale farmers were being blamed for fires started by palm oil plantation companies.

Read more: The Straits Times

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