Jakarta to step up water bombing

Jakarta to step up water bombing

INDONESIA - Indonesia plans to step up its efforts to contain the haze with larger scale water-bombing operations, said the top official overseeing the disaster response effort.

"We will do water-bombing on a bigger scale. Hopefully, we can start in one week's time," Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Agung Laksono told reporters on Thursday.

Indonesia will rent Russian Kamov helicopters with belly tanks that can drop more water than those in use now, forestry official Sonny Partono added.

A Kamov helicopter can carry some 8,000 litres of water, compared to just 500 litres by the helicopters being used in Riau.

The haze situation has improved in recent days following cloud-seeding and water-bombing efforts by disaster response teams in Riau province.

But the government plans to step up operations amid concerns that the haze may return.

Enforcement action has also gathered pace.

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