VIDEO: Indonesian forest fires blanket region in smoke

Forest fires continue to rage in Indonesia as a total of six provinces are covered with dense smoke, leaving air quality at a dangerous level and 135,000 people complaining with respiratory problems.

Corporations are blamed for the annual burning in order to clear the land for commercial reasons.

Companies want the land cleared in order to plant other trees that will be eventually harvested for paper pulp and lam oil.

The Indonesian government has sent 9,000 soldiers and police to help control the fires.


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