ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print

From Indonesia to Vietnam, El Nino fans fears of fires and drought

Returning climate pattern set to hit key crops as well as industrial sector

Scorching conditions from the El Nino weather pattern are expected to crimp production at palm oil plantations like this one in Indonesia's East Kalimantan province.    © Reuters

JAKARTA/BANGKOK/HO CHI MINH CITY -- Sweltering heat spreading through Southeast Asia in recent weeks heralds the return of El Nino, with governments across the region bracing to fight everything from water shortages to forest fires and clouds of choking haze as the weather pattern strengthens.

Soaring temperatures could threaten agricultural output in a region that is a key producer of palm oil, rice, coffee beans and other commodities, while pressure on supplies of water and power could hit the area's rapidly growing manufacturing industry.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more