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Indonesia | Government begins clearing illegal small-scale gold mines from Gunung Halimun NP

JAKARTA — The Indonesian government has shut down 26 mining pits on the hilly outskirts of Jakarta, following floods and landslides last month exacerbated by environmental degradation in the area.

Flooding and landslides in early January affected some 17,200 people in the districts of Lebak and Bogor, just outside Jakarta, with officials blaming illegal mining and plantation expansion inside Gunung Halimun National Park.

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