The president of Indonesia is asking for foreign help to fight forest and agricultural fires in his country.
Until now, Indonesia had repeatedly refused offers of help from overseas to fight the smoky fires. The country has faced sharp criticism for rejecting offers of assistance from Singapore, its neighbor.
President Joko Widodo said on Thursday that the Indonesian government was asking for help from Singapore and three other countries. The three are Russia, Malaysia and Japan.
The president said that Indonesian helicopters are only able to carry a small amount of the water needed to put out the fires. The Associated Press reported his comments.
The Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space says more than 1,300 fires are burning across the country. The government has deployed about 25,000 soldiers, police and firefighters in six provinces to battle the fires.
Indonesian farmers, developers and other businesses often burn rainforest to clear land at this time of year. The burning usually takes place during the country's dry season. But a large rise in palm oil production on peat lands is blamed for the many fires this year. Peat is made partly of dead plants. It burns easily and is often used as cooking fuel.
The resulting thick, black smoke has polluted skies over Indonesia and four other countries. The burning has worsened air quality, closed schools and forced the cancellation of sporting events and other outdoor activities.
Smoke pollution has been a problem in Pekanbaru, a city on the island of Sumatra. To escape the unhealthy air, some babies were taken to air-conditioned office of the governor.
Nur Habiba Al-Ashraf is a mother. She says the government office is safe and clean, unlike open areas. Her child, she adds, is breathing normally since he was brought inside the building.
The smoke is not only affecting people; it is affecting wildlife. In Indonesian Borneo, an orangutan rescue center says some of its animals have developed breathing problems. Doctors reported on Tuesday that 16 orangutan babies are suffering from acute respiratory infections. Denny Kurniawan is the center's program manager.
He says he is worried that if the fires continue, a lot more orangutans could become sick and some could die.
Scientists have warned that the fires this year could be worst ever because of a weather system called El Nino. They say the weather system has created extremely dry conditions in Indonesia.
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1.repeatedly adv. 反复地，再三地
They violate the law repeatedly.
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I would like to emphasize that civilized society in the world of today should reject firmly any cult in any form.
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I guess that's partly true, but public opinion may change.
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6.respiratory adj. 呼吸的
If you smoke then the whole respiratory system is constantly under attack.
1.The president said that Indonesian helicopters are only able to carry a small amount of the water needed to put out the fires.
They put out the fire with water.
2.But a large rise in palm oil production on peat lands is blamed for the many fires this year.
be blamed for为...而责备，归咎于
They were blamed for their failure to hold down expenditure.
3.Doctors reported on Tuesday that 16 orangutan babies are suffering from acute respiratory infections.
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印尼农民，开发商和其他企业经常在每年的这个世界焚烧雨林来清空场地。焚烧活动经常在干旱季节进行 。但是泥炭地上棕榈油产量的增加导致今年多起火灾 。部分泥炭是由枯死的植物制作的，非常容易燃烧，经常用作烹饪燃料 。
Nur Habiba Al-Ashraf是一位母亲。她说，政府办公室安全而干净，不像户外一样 。她的孩子自从被带到政府办公室内就可以正常呼吸了 。
浓烟不仅影响人类，还影响野生生物。在印尼的渤泥，一个红毛猩猩救助中心表示，其中一些动物出现呼吸问题 。周二，医生报告称，16只红毛猩猩幼崽遭受严重的呼吸系统感染 。Denny Kurniawan是该中心项目经理 。