Tidal waves swept through the houses in Tampalang and caused families to leave and seek shelters.
Class II Kupang Climatology Station warned the public of the impacts of drought after a long streak of days without rain.
Waste-contaminated water from nearby river flooded the farming area during rainy days.
Up to 67% of South Sumatra Prone to Land and Forest Fires: Forestry Office
TheIndonesia.id - The South Sumatra’s forestry office has revealed that up to 67 percent of the province’s territory are highly prone to land and forest fires, and among the causes is its one million hectares of peat forests.
Head of ecosystem conservation at the province’s forestry office Safrul Yunardy said the large area of peat forests within the province’s 91,000 square kilometers region makes more than half of South Sumatra being prone to land and forest fires, especially since fire is difficult to put out in peatlands and peat forests.
“Peat is different; if it catches fire, then it will be difficult to put out. That makes South Sumatra one of the provinces in Indonesia that are prone to land and forest fires,” Yunardy said on Wednesday, July 6, as reported by Antara.
Based on fire occurrences from 2015 to 2021, land and forest fires always happen in six regencies, which are Ogan Komering Ilir, Banyuasin, Musi Banyuasin, Ogan Ilir, Musi Rawas, and Muaraenim.
Fires in the six regencies usually start in May and will reach their peak period in October.
And based on this finding, a task force has been prepared prior to May to anticipate and mitigate any potential disaster.
“Learning from past experiences, now South Sumatra knows when to prioritize the handling of fires,” Yunardy said again.
He said there has been a shift in fire pattern that is driven by peat ecosystem function. In 2015, land and forest fires happened frequently in production forests, but in 2019, there were more fires in areas used or managed by rights holders.
And in 2015, more fires happened in peatlands for conservation while in 2019, more fires were recorded in peatlands for cultivation.
Such changes are expected to become the basis for authorities to formulate the next mitigation step, so fire prevention and handling in South Sumatra becomes more effective.