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A multi-billion estimate on the cost of Asia's forest fires

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Environmental groups estimate forest fires across south-east Asia last year caused at least four-point-five billion dollars in losses.

The estimate of losses, mostly suffered by Indonesia but also affecting neighboring countries, was made by the World Wide Fund for Nature, and the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia.

Fire-related damages include two-point-eight billion dollars in timber, agriculture, firefighting costs and other losses to Indonesia alone.

Other countries suffered 285-million dollars in losses.

Health, tourism and other losses from the thick smoky haze generated by the fires were estimated at one-billion dollars for Indonesia and 384-million dollars for its neighbours.

=A9 1998 Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Fri May 29 17:30:01 1998 ( AEST )

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