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Indonesians told to stop squabbling and get on with flood mitigation

JAKARTA: (The Jakarta Post/ANN): Experts on urban planning and flood mitigation have urged the public to engage in a healthier, more comprehensive discussion about flood mitigation instead of riding on a political spat between Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono regarding a 17-kilometre stretch of the Ciliwung River, a minor issue in Greater Jakarta's overall flood problem.

Australia strengthens bushfire defences as economic, environmental costs mount

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian firefighters used a break from searing temperatures on Tuesday to strengthen containment lines around huge wildfires as the financial and environmental costs of the crisis mounted.