Indonesia forest fires - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Indonesia forest fires


Indonesian forest fires putting 10 million children at risk – United Nations

Sep 24, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Almost 10 million people under 18 live in the areas worst affected by fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island and the country's part of Borneo island, UNICEF says

AIR POLLUTION PROBLEMS. A child wears a facemask as a thick haze blankets the sky over Banda Aceh on September 24, 2019, caused when Indonesian farmers use illegal slash-and-burn techniques to clear land for agriculture, spewing toxic haze across Southeast Asia. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over forest fires haze

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:59 PM

The school closures affect at least 1.7 million students in Malaysia. It is not clear how many pupils were forced to stay home in neighboring Indonesia.

MALAYSIA HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (C), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Indonesia's toxic haze affecting Borneo's orangutans – rescuers

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:08 AM

'The thick smoke does not only endanger the health of our staff... but also it affects the 355 orangutans we currently care for,' says the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, referring to just once center in Kalimantan

AFFECTED. File photo of a park employee holding an orangutan as it is shown to the public after several months in quarantine at Bali Safari Marine Park in Gianyar regency on August 19, 2019. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesia 'doing everything' to put out forest fires – Jokowi

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:35 AM

During a visit to Riau province in central Sumatra, President Joko Widodo says nearly 6,000 troops have been sent to hot spots to help put out fires

FOREST FIRES. Motorists make their way along a street in Kampar, Riau on September 17, 2019 which is covered in thick haze. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

Indonesia hits back at Singapore in latest haze row

Jun 14, 2016 - 12:48 PM

If Singapore could easily try Indonesian citizens it could be a violation of Indonesia s sovereignty

EPICENTER. In Palangkaraya, the smoke from forest fires are a thick, acrid yellow. Photo from EPA

Menorca’s ‘detention,’ Escudero-Binay meet, haze crisis | 12PM wRap

Oct 26, 2015 - 12:34 PM

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Philippines cancels flights, alerts hospitals over haze

Oct 25, 2015 - 7:23 PM

Filipino authorities warn ash levels are becoming increasingly dangerous in the southern and central islands

AFFECTED. The haze from forest fires from Indonesia have begun to affect cities in Mindanao. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

Indonesia haze reaches cities in Mindanao

Oct 20, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Monsoon winds blowing northeast from Indonesia has brought haze to Davao and other parts of Mindanao

AFFECTED. The haze from forest fires from Indonesia have begun to affect cities in Mindanao. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

PH to UN body, Mamasapano probe, forest fires | 6PM wRap

Oct 08, 2015 - 6:20 PM

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Former F1 champ: Haze in Singapore 'big health risk' to racers

Sep 17, 2015 - 7:44 PM

We all know that it s not good breathing in fumes You re racing a car and your heartbeat s very high

Students roast Binay, Senator Poe’s bid, Indonesia’s forest fires | 12PM wRap

Sep 16, 2015 - 1:03 PM

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The wRap Indonesia: Haze everywhere, misuse of gov't funds

Sep 09, 2015 - 8:23 AM

Government officials allegedly abuse the haj quota haze from forest fires in Indonesia reach Malaysia and Singapore and other top news to start your day

REFORMS? President Joko Widodo's government is set to release its economic policy package this week. Romeo Gacad/AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Nov. 28, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 - 11:53 AM

Jokowi s vow to protect Indonesia s peatlands Lion Air s new 1 billion aircraft purchase Indonesia s game versus Laos at the AFF Suzuki Cup and more

SAVING PEATLANDS. President Joko Widodo (2L) installs a wood panel on a community dam designed to block a canal and protect vast peatland forest from being drained in the Tebing Tinggi area of Riau province in Sumatra on November 27, 2014. President Widodo flew by helicopter and inspected areas affected by recent forest fires including vast peatland areas during the third day of a visit to Sumatra. Photo by AFP

Southeast Asia smog crisis eases as rain douses fires

Jun 26, 2013 - 3:30 PM

The crisis had claimed its first victim with the death of an asthmatic woman in southern Malaysia according to reports

BATTLING THE FIRES. A picture made available on 26 June 2013 shows a helicopter drop water on burning peatland as firefighters from the Arara Abadi Sinarmas Forestry company extinguish the fire in Siak, Riau province Indonesia, 24 June 2013. Photo by EPA/Reno Alam

Malaysia smog at 16-year high

Jun 23, 2013 - 2:31 PM

UPDATE Malaysia s government declared a state of emergency in two southern districts choked by smog from forest fires in Indonesia

HAZY SKYLINE. Visitors walk through a park near Petronas Towers which is just visible through the haze in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 23 June 2013. Photo by EPA/Ahmad Yusni

Singapore smog tops 400-level, dangerous to ill and elderly

Jun 21, 2013 - 11:18 AM

Singapore s air pollutant index topped the 400 level considered harmful to the sick and elderly

CRITICAL LEVEL. The Singapore haze hits the 400 level, potentially life-threatening to the ill and elderly. Photo by Rappler/Rupert Ambil

Indonesia: Singapore 'behaving like a child' over haze

Jun 20, 2013 - 5:06 PM

UPDATE Indonesian official: This is not what the Indonesian nation wants it is because of nature

FOREST FIRE. A fire spreads on peatland on the outskirts of Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia, 19 June 2013. Photo by Azwar/EPA