Wildfires cause 100,000 deaths

A new study undertaken by researchers at Harvard and Columbia Universities in America has reported that in 2015 the clouds of smokes produced by wildfires in South East Asia had caused more than 100,000 premature deaths.

The smoke mainly originated from fires on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo and overall the study said about 2.6 million hectares of tropical forests in Indonesia had been destroyed. It added that many of the fires had been started deliberately for deforestation and illegal land fertilization.

The study has called upon governments in South East Asia to make intensified efforts to prevent vegetation fires while Yuyun Indradi of Greenpeace Indonesia warned :“If nothing changes, this killer smog will generate new and new victims, every year. The refusal to take urgent measures to stop human losses is similar to crime.”


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