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Riau's economic loss from forest fires in March hits 20t rupiah

500b rupiah set aside to fight blazes in May-Aug period

THE loss to local businesses and incomes from forest fires so far this year, which have largely been concentrated on the island of Sumatra, is approaching the damage wrought by the 2004 tsunami that devastated the province of Aceh. Last month's fires have sapped 20 trillion rupiah (S$2.18

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