Death toll related to fires in Indonesia rises to 19

Effects of haze cause 19 deaths due to forest fires in Indonesia

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Weather disaster in Indonesia has killed 19 people as the country has been hit by a fire blaze having thousand of fires for almost two months.

"As of this morning, there are nineteen people who have died from the effects of haze," Khofifah Indar Parawansa said.

The death toll has been confirmed by the social minister on Wednesday assuring that the deaths have risen since Indonesia had not successfully predicted the brutality of the weather condition emerging from the El Nino weather phenomenon.

"I must admit there was a mistake in the BMKG forecast that didn't predict El Nino this year would be worse than 1997, "Luhut Panjaitan, the coordinating security minister told reporters, adding "Our forecast was wrong."

The effects of El Nino had hit the country in 1997 causing cyclones as never before in the history. However, this year’s effects are considered even worse forcing the government to declare a national emergency as more than half a million people suffer from aftermath diseases.

The fires caused stroke Southeast Asia where cancelling events and closing schools was necessitated.

The El Nino drought is not helping the urgent situation while authorities say that the fires will approximately be put out by the end of November or early December.

At the same time, residents are ready to evacuate mainly the area of Kalimantan in case needed. Warships are awaiting in case the weather worsens.

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo has scheduled to visit the badly hit areas.

TRTWorld and agencies