Long Time No Update! It was quite hard to find photos taken by amateurs with no effects applied for this blog. I mean, it’s Naked Indonesia, so there shouldn’t be any cover on it, right? ;D
Anyway, my father, who is stationed in the middle of Kalimantan (the Indonesian part of Borneo), sent this picture through an MMS to me a few days ago.
The haze in Pangkalanbun, Center Kalimantan
This view was taken from the gate of his office in Pangkalanbun (sometimes Pangkalanbuun), Central Kalimantan. The city was near the Tanjung Puting Orang Utan Conservation I blogged previously, around three hours by klotok. And if you know and remember the tragedy of ethnic cleansing in Sampit, Pangkalanbun is only 4 to 5 hours away by bus from the former city.
Parts of Kalimantan, as many of you would have known, are still woods and are often got into forest fire in the summer. And as in other summer — oh yes, this happens every year — there is a forest fire on the region. The haze has spread throughout the island, from the 16-hour away Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, until Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore. The govt, of course, has make precautionary steps to prevent and methods to stop the fire, but locals there need to open some lands for field and the summer makes the forest dry and thus the fire spread easily.
The haze has affected the traffic of planes in local airports, and made the people hard to breath. However, since this happens every year, locals are used in wearing masks to prevent the haze to enter the lungs. Hopefully, even though this forest fire and the haze happen every year in the biggest island of Indonesia, and hence is taken as something ‘usual’, the govt can put more attention on the precautionary steps so that this will not happen again the next year. And that this kind of natural disaster should be well taken care of as soon as possible to make the effects stay any longer. Indonesia Raya!! ^^