SINGAPORE - Singapore has renewed its offer of assistance to Indonesia to fight land and forest fires that can cause transboundary haze.
The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) said in a statement today (Jun 3) that the assistance package this year is the same as last year's.
Singapore is offering Indonesia the use of a C-130 aircraft for cloud seeding, the use of up to two C-130 aircraft to ferry a fire-fighting assistance team from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) - which will help Indonesian fire-fighters assess and plan their efforts, the use of a Chinook helicopter with one SCDF water bucket for aerial fire-fighting, and high-resolution satellite images and hotspot coordinates.
MEWR said that Singapore has offered fire-fighting assistance, in the run-up to the traditional dry season from June to October, to Indonesia consistently since 2005.
Haze in Singapore occurs when winds bring in smoke from land and forest fires in Indonesia. Singapore was affected by the haze pollution in September and October last year.
MEWR has said that the region could be affected by the El Nino phenomenon - resulting in drier weather - this year, which could worsen the haze problem.
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