Forest fires flare up again in Similajau National Park

NATION |  12 Apr 2019


MIRI: Forest fires have flared up again in the Similajau National Park in northern Sarawak.

The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) is sending in its volunteer firefighters to help those from Sarawak Bomba who are already there.

SFC chief executive officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton said on Friday (April 12) that fires had been detected inside the park again.


NASA Comes to India’s Aid in Detecting Forest Fires

By TWC India Edit Team | 10 April 2019


India’s battle against forest fires is likely to get a shot in the arm, thanks to two new NASA-monitored satellites deployed over the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Uttar Pradesh. The satellites will keep an eye on any untoward forest fire incidents and will immediately notify PTR forest officials so that they can respond promptly to such incidents.


Forest fires flare up in Mae Hong Son

By The Nation | 11 April 2019


All nine northern provinces, including Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, on Thursday morning, cited dangerous levels of PM2.5 – airborne particulates 2.5 microns or less in diameter.


Regime seeks neighbours’ help on smog

Writer: Gregory Morrissey
Original Source/Writer: Post Resporters
10 Apr 2019 at 12:53


The government has sought cooperation from Myanmar and Laos to help mitigate haze, which is wreaking havoc in the North, according to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Gen Prayut said the bush fires and haze in the northern provinces have diminished, though the situation also depends on neighboring countries.


Responders Quickly Extinguish One of Korea’s Largest Wildfires


Two people are dead and hundreds displaced after a massive fire swept through several towns in South Korea’s northeastern Gangwon province last week. The blaze was extinguished within a few days thanks to quick action from emergency responders, despite high winds that hindered the use of firefighting helicopters and helped the fire spread more quickly.


Ngopi (Ngobrol Pintar/Talking Smart) PWI Riau and Ministry of Environment and Forestry with theme of “Ecosystem Protection of Peat and Controlling Forest and Land Fires” (Kaliandra Room Graha Pena Riau, 8 April 2019)

Riau, 8 April 2019


PM 2.5 in the West Kalimantan on the 8 – 9 April 2019

By: Robi D. Waldi | 9 April 2019 Source:   Based on government regulation of…

Kabut Asap Pekat Kebakaran Lahan Gambut Selimuti Kota Pontianak

Kabut Asap Pekat Kebakaran Lahan Gambut Selimuti Kota Pontianak

| Selasa, 9 April 2019 – 04:12 WIB

PONTIANAK – Kota Pontianak, Kalimantan Barat dan sekitarnya mulai diselimuti asap pekat pada Senin (8/4/2019) malam sekitar pukul 21.00 WIB. Kabut asap itu dipicu kebakaran lahan gambut yang mulai terjadi dalam beberapa hari terakhir.

Dari pantauan SINDOnews, Kota Pontianak mulai berselimut asap pada malam hari dengan jarak pandang di atas 400 meter. Pekatnya kabut asap ini dampak dari pembakaran lahan yang terjadi.

Kabut asap yang melanda Kota Pontianak berapa hari ini semakin menebal. Hal tersebut disebabkan beberapa faktor seperti masih adanya titik api di sekitar Pontianak dan hujan yang tak kunjung datang sejak sepekan terakhir.

“Kabut asap nih bang mulai tebal lagi Pontianak ini lama-lama nanti pasti pekat lagi akibat warga bakar lahan nih. Ini kasihan warga Pontinak hirup udara tidak segar makin betambah lah penyakit nih, apa lagi anak-anak besok kan masuk sekolah pasti berdampak buruk menghirup udara tidak sehat ini,” ujar Hari Pahlawan, salah seorang warga Kota Pontianak.

Hari juga meminta instansi terkait jangan berdiam diri dan segera bertindak mengatasi kabut asap yang menyelimuti Kota Pontianak. “Pontianak memang dapat ekspor asap. Hingga kini kebakaran lahan belum terjadi di kawasan Pontianak. Namun kita tidak boleh lengah, kalau ada kebakaran maka harus cepat ditangani,” ucapnya.

Kebakaran lahan masih berpotensi terjadi di Pontianak, karena itu dia meminta masyarakat waspada. Warga diimbau untuk tidak melakukan pembakaran lahan karena bisa menambah pekat kabut asap.

Kabut asap pekat mulai terjadi di Kota Pontianak seperti di Jalan Ahmad Yani, Pontianak, Kalimantan Barat sekitar pukul 00.00 WIB. Meski sudah adanya imbauan dan ancaman pidana bagi pembakar lahan sepertinya tidak membuat pembakar lahan gentar sehingga tetap meneruskan bencana musiman ini.


Haze-hit northerners feel the pinch, poll shows

By The Nation | 08  April 201 01:00


PEOPLE in the North are burdened by additional costs to cope with the ongoing haze crisis even as more forest fires erupted in some areas yesterday.

A Nida Poll survey of 1,253 respondents who lived in nine northern provinces and encountered the haze on April 4 to 5, found that nearly 57 percent of them had to bear additional costs to protect themselves from the pollution. It was not revealed how much more they had to spend. About 43.10 percent said they did not have to spend


Haze woes lIkely to lInger, worsen #AsiaNewsNetwork

7 April 2019


(The Nation/ANN)-VISITING CHIANG MAI on Tuesday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha issued an order to end the haze crisis in the North within seven days, alongside declaring it part of the national agenda.

However, environmental groups like Greenpeace are saying that such an unprecedented short-term directive would do little to resolve what has become a persistent crisis requiring serious long-term measures.