Indonesia readies warships for haze evacuation

October 24, 2015
An Indonesian woman and a child walk on a bamboo bridge as thick yellow haze shrouds the city in Palangkaraya on October 22, 201
An Indonesian woman and a child walk on a bamboo bridge as thick yellow haze shrouds the city in Palangkaraya on October 22, 2015

Indonesia has put warships on standby to evacuate people affected by acrid haze from forest fires which has killed at least 10 and caused respiratory illnesses in half a million, officials said Saturday.

For nearly two months, thousands of fires caused by slash-and-burn farming in Indonesia have choked vast expanses of Southeast Asia, forcing schools to close and scores of flights and some international events to be cancelled.

The government has decided to send ships to haze-affected provinces to evacuate victims, especially children and women, if necessary, with two warships deployed to Kalimantan on Friday and another carrying medical workers and health equipment expected Saturday.

Military spokesman Tatang Sulaiman said the warships, which will be standing by in Banjarmasin, the capital of south Kalimantan, could serve as evacuation centers and hospitals for those affected by the haze.

Tatang said there was no immediate plan to bring people onboard but that could change if hospitals on land reach capacity or become overwhelmed.

"The ships are sent just in case children or pregnant women must be relocated from the local health facilities, it does not mean everyone would be put into the ships," Tatang said.

"So far health facilities on the ground in Kalimantan are still trying their best, we are just getting ready by deploying warships," Tatang said.

Each warship can carry up to 2000 people and has 344 beds onboard.

Haze covers the southern Thai city of Narathiwat on October 23, 2015
Haze covers the southern Thai city of Narathiwat on October 23, 2015

"For now the ships will be standing by. We will begin evacuation when there is an instruction from the government," navy spokesman Muhammad Zainuddin told AFP.

'Extraordinary crime'

The government has deployed around 30 aircraft to fight the fires and for cloud seeding with 22,000 troops on the ground to combat the blazes.

Indonesian disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the fires had killed 10 people so far, some fighting the blazes while others died of or medical conditions exacerbated by the pollution.

"The impact of the forest fires has caused 10 people in Sumatra and Kalimantan to die, directly and indirectly," Nugroho said.

The figure did not include seven hikers killed in a wildfire on Java last week.

Indonesian men fight a fire in Ogan Ilir, southern Sumatra on October 22, 2015
Indonesian men fight a fire in Ogan Ilir, southern Sumatra on October 22, 2015

The agency estimated at least half a million people have suffered from respiratory illness since the fires started in July and 43 million people have been affected in the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan.

Nugroho said the figure was likely just the tip of the iceberg because many did not go to health facilities for treatment.

More than 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres) of land has been burned and six provinces severely affected by the haze, according to Indonesia's forestry ministry.

"This is due to human acts because 99 percent of forest fires were started deliberately. This is an extraordinary crime against humanity," Nugroho said.

Other countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Japan have sent assistance to help Indonesia fighting the .

With Malaysia, Singapore and parts of Thailand already affected, the Philippines Friday said the haze had now spread there, disrupting air traffic and prompting warnings for residents to wear face masks.

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gkam
1 / 5 (5) Oct 24, 2015
Hey, it's Capitalism!

Like "freedom", it's "messy", like Rumsfeld told us.

Are the socialists going to take away the freedom of those landowners to burn their land?
Osiris1
not rated yet Oct 24, 2015
If those 'capitalists' burn their land, and are to be 'praised' for 'making a profit', then just WHO is praising THEM? Evil defends evil! It should be remembered that it takes love of their fellow man and of nature to motivate one to become a man of God, a priest. Many priests are at heart socialists. Scientists like Albert Einstein are socialists too.

The crimes against humanity of those 'capitalists' go unpunished in Brazil where as you read this thousands and perhaps magnitudes more acres or hectares of nature's blessing are being torched by 'cattle ranchers'. Those 'cattle ranchers' gain their 'ranch' by murdering the local aborigines, raping their women, using their children as toilets, stealing their aboriginal land and rights, desecrating rain forest, ruining the soil, subtracting the ability of the planet to replenish its atmospheric oxygen...all in the name of greed fed by fraud...er'...capitalism!! Are 'profits' like this to go unpunished and criminals go free?
TheGhostofOtto1923
4.2 / 5 (5) Oct 24, 2015
It should be remembered that it takes love of their fellow man and of nature to motivate one to become a man of God, a priest
Reminds me of when the protestants herded catholics into their churches and burned them during the 30 years war, when 1/3 the population of germany died.

That was between 1618 and 1648.

Or when catholic priests encouraged the pious to do the same thing with rwandan protestants.

"In 2005, the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), then in the process of convicting many of the political and military leaders who oversaw the genocide, issued charges against Father Wenceslas. The indictment was a catalogue of horror. The priest, it said, conspired with leaders of the extremist Hutu militia spearheading the killing of Tutsis. It alleges that he helped draw up lists of men to die, stood by as Tutsis were taken away and killed, allowed the militia to roam his church hunting for victims, and that he raped young women."

-in 1994.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (6) Oct 24, 2015
Evil defends evil!
These people are not evil. They are preparing land to produce food.

Burning is an ancient and prehistoric practice.
https://en.wikipe..._burning

-American indians burned vast areas to provide grazing for buffalo.

No, the magnitude of burning in indonesia is the result of religion-forced overpopulation and the resulting shortages of food it causes.

And I thought some human-hater here said that pollution is only caused by advanced societies?
Returners
2.3 / 5 (3) Oct 24, 2015
No, the magnitude of burning in indonesia is the result of religion-forced overpopulation and the resulting shortages of food it causes.


You should qualify that:
Islam (87.18%)

The Bible says "Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom..."

and

"He who does not provide for his own house is worse than an infidel."

So you are half-right, it is these Islamists own fault for having more children than they can reasonably support.

As for your 30 years war comment, that is unfortunate, "Not all who say unto me 'Lord, Lord' shall enter into the Kingdom of God, but HE WHO DOETH THE WILL OF THE FATHER."

"My kingdom is not of this world, else would my people fight."

When Jesus said, "Think not that I came to bring peace, but a sword" He did not mean that he was the cause of the violence.

This is because the unbelievers hated the believers and kill them and betray them, but you take that to mean that Jesus wanted violence, which he clearly did not.
Returners
2.3 / 5 (3) Oct 24, 2015
The priest, it said, conspired with leaders of the extremist Hutu militia spearheading the killing of Tutsis. It alleges that he helped draw up lists of men to die, stood by as Tutsis were taken away and killed, allowed the militia to roam his church hunting for victims, and that he raped young women."
-in 1994.

"The servant who knew his Lord's will and did it not shall be beaten with many stripes."

That guy is going to rot in hell.

In fact, there's more hope for Atheists, such as yourself, than there is for that evil bastard.

"For not the hearers of the law shall be justified before God, but the DOERS OF THE LAW...for when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law," etc, etc.

Yeah, there's a whole lot of "Christians" going to hell.

I agree. Jesus said so too.
xponen
not rated yet Oct 26, 2015
People burn forest (for land clearing) because its easier than cutting down every tree and shrub and cleaning them up. It has nothing to do with capitalism or religion, its just stupidity and lack of forethought. eg; its like people who litters, they're stupid too.
gkam
1 / 5 (3) Oct 26, 2015
This is more obvious proof that Libertarianism does not work. It is based on pure selfishness and will result in conflict. But we will always have those who will profit off the suffering of others.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Oct 26, 2015
its just stupidity and lack of forethought. eg; its like people who litters, they're stupid too
Naw its expediency. To them it would be stupid to waste time cutting and clearing by hand when fire is so much easier.

Theyve done it for centuries, theyve got to get the seeds in the ground quick, theyre surrounded by starving people, and they dont have any place to put all the cuttings.

Obviously fire is their only solution.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Oct 26, 2015
its just stupidity and lack of forethought. eg; its like people who litters, they're stupid too
Naw its expediency. To them it would be stupid to waste time cutting and clearing by hand when fire is so much easier.

Theyve done it for centuries, theyve got to get the seeds in the ground quick, burning returns valuable nutrients to the ground, theyre surrounded by starving people, and they dont have any place to put all the cuttings.

Obviously fire is their only solution.

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