Singapore offers additional assistance to combat haze in Indonesia

Singapore offers additional assistance to combat haze in Indonesia

SINGAPORE - Singapore has offered to provide additional assistance to Indonesia in the form of a helicopter equipped with a heli-bucket to fight fires, in order to help combat the haze situation.

This information was conveyed to the Indonesian government today, according to a statement to the NEA.

Singapore had earlier offered Indonesia a haze assistance package on June 9 this year, which comprises:

(i) One C-130 aircraft for cloud seeding operations;
(ii) Up to two C-130 aircraft to ferry fire-fighting assistance teams from Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF);
(iii) A team from SCDF to provide assessment and planning assistance to our Indonesian counterparts in their fire-fighting efforts; and
(iv) High-resolution satellite pictures and hotspot coordinates.

According to the statement, the offer complements Indonesia's fire-fighting capabilities in anticipation of an extended dry season due to the El Nino phenomenon this year.

candicec@sph.com.sg

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