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“More than 100,000 deaths due to forest fires in Indonesia last year’

“More than 100,000 deaths due to forest fires in Indonesia last year’

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The forest fires that last year, Indonesia several months ago, probably to more than 100,000 human lives. That is mainly due to the inhalation of particulate matter, large quantities of carbon it contains.

This is evident from an examination of the American universities, Harvard and Columbia, that Monday is published. The Indonesian government came up with a very different death toll, which is 24.

The researchers say that not only residents of Indonesia, a victim of the particulate matter were. Also residents of neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore have died due to the polluted air. The researchers wrote their findings in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

The fires hit in October, especially the large islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Farmers have, according to critics a major part in the disaster. Since 2009, may farms two hectares of land burned down for agricultural purposes.

Abuse

That possibility is, according to the Indonesian government abuse. Regularly is illegal was set on fire by farmers and companies in the palm oil industry. Then the fire spread quickly.

The huge fires are likely to be exacerbated by El Niño. The klimaatverschijnsel caused a great drought, and made the forests susceptible to fire.

Forest Fires In Indonesia

By large forest fires in Indonesia last year are probably 100,000 people died.
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This is mainly due to the inhalation of particulate matter, large quantities of carbon it contains.
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The forest fires have for many months been raging.
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Above the burning areas were water bombs being dropped.
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The fire department was assisted by volunteers.
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President Either Widodo (R) and minister of Safety Luhut Pandjaitan visited last year, one of the locations where the fire is contested.
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