Indonesian official warns of forest and plantation fires threat to Asian Games

Four provinces - Riau (pictured), South Sumatra, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan - are on disaster alert because of a rising number of hot spots within their boundaries.
Four provinces - Riau (pictured), South Sumatra, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan - are on disaster alert because of a rising number of hot spots within their boundaries.PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA - The Asian Games could be threatened if forest and plantation fires are not addressed early, an Indonesian disaster management agency official has been quoted as saying.

The Games taking place between Aug 18 and Sept 2 are, for the first time, being co-hosted by two Indonesian cities - Jakarta, the capital, and Palembang, in Sumatra.

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