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South Sumatra Forms Special Team to Prevent Forest Fires

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Christopher Harindra, Gonti Hadi Wibowo • 07 Februari 2020 15:56
Palembang: The South Sumatra Provincial Government (Pemprov) has formed a special team to tackle forest and land fires (karhutla). The formation of the team is part of the commitment of the South Sumatra Provincial Government to prevent forest and land fires.
"Usually. entering the month of March, there are already signs of hotspots, "said Deputy Governor of South Sumatra Mawardi Yahya on Friday, February 7, 2020.
According to Mawardi, the prevention of forest and land fire will be effective if the community is also eager to help. Moreover, the government will not hesitate to impose sanctions on those who deliberately set fires.

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"If there is a hotspot, it must be extinguished immediately by involving the participation of the surrounding community," he said.
According to him, South Sumatra is prone to forest and land fires and natural disasters each year due to geographical conditions. Because of that, officials has been intensively disseminating information to villages, especially those that are vulnerable to forest and land fires.
"At least we hope that in the future forest and land fires and other natural disasters can be reduced through preventive measures so that we can minimize the victims of disasters and losses," he explained.


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