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Jakarta (VNA) – So far this year, authorities of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island have detected as many as 44 hotspots of smog in Musi Rawas, South Sumatra province.

Representatives of the Musi Rawas office for natural disaster reduction on July 27 announced that the hotspots were detected in 14 areas in the region, including those in Muara Kelingi, Muara Lakitan, MuaraBeliti and Selangit. However, the office held that the hotspots of smog are a result of not only wildfires but also smoke discharged by the Pertamina oil and gas company.

With the close collaboration of the military and the police, Indonesia is striving to put under control the wildfires and peat fires which often occur in the period from May to October every year. Minister of Environment and Forestry Nurbaya Bakar announced that the prevention of those fires has been planned with the participation of various forces and the whole community.

The Indonesian government has worked out a number of measures to forecast and warn of the risk of fires, and set up watch posts at a number of hotspots along with providing guidance to locals on measures for sustainable palm cultivation. Options to be implemented include using water bombs and causing artificial rains.

Besides, authorities have sunk 200 water wells in six villages in Ogan Komering Iliar and other areas considered vulnerable to fires which can cause the risk of smog threatening to spread to venues of the coming ASIAD 18 at the Jakabaring sports complex in Palembang city.-VNA