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Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes

Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes by @WillySukamoto @tabitadiela

22.9.2019

Indonesia 's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes by WillySukamoto tabitadiela

From soon after sunrise, a group of volunteers gathers every day on Indonesia 's portion of Borneo island to throw themselves into the desperate fight against the worst forest fires in years.

Volunteer firefighters try to extinguish fires at a peatland forest.

WillySukamoto tabitadiela May God the Almighty bless them.

The fires have sent a choking smog across Borneo and Indonesia's island of Sumatra, as well as the neighbouring nations of Malaysia and Singapore, carried by shifting winds.

Fire fighter personnel rest after extinguishing fire on a peatland.

Yudi Oktama, 21, said he had spent about two months as a volunteer, popularly referred to by the abbreviation "satgas", for "satuan tugas", or task force in Indonesian, and received a stipend of 100,000 rupiah ($7) a day.

Asked if he was afraid, he responded, "What else can we do? The fear is there but we’re concerned because of our families."

It is often a struggle to find water to pour on the flames, as more than half the area's 9,000 wells were dry, said Mulyadi, who uses only one name.

A man walks as a fire burns behind a residential area.

In the provincial capital of Palangkaraya, the air pollution index has hovered above 500 for days, a level that environment officials classify as dangerous.

. Palangka Raya, Indonesia. Reuters/Willy Kurniawan

Shopkeeper Risa Astrinova said she worried about the healthof her six-year-old, who suffers from asthma.

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WillySukamoto tabitadiela neighboring countries should jointly sue Indonesia. WillySukamoto tabitadiela

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