S'pore needs a miracle

S'pore needs a miracle
The Indonesian Forestry Ministry says it has mobilised cloud-seeding crew to induce rainfall from the clouds, but notes that the process would take around two weeks. It says the country does not have an immediate need for assistance from other countries as Indonesia has "adequate funds and equipment to counter the flames."

INDONESIA - And that miracle is rain.

Indonesia forecasts rain on June 28, he said.

Should the rain occur, Mr Hadi said, it would mark the end of a 10-day cyclone that had caused the wind to blow to Singapore and Malaysia, reported the Jakarta Post.

He said: "We have considered creating artificial rain to put out the fires, but that would take two weeks. So we've decided to leave it in the hands of nature. And let's just pray for that.

"If there is no downpour then the haze could last for weeks, or even months, as we try to generate artificial rain."

Despite the difficulties, Mr Hadi said the ministry did not see any immediate need for assistance from other countries, saying that Indonesia had "adequate funds and equipment to counter the flames".

Five companies

Earlier, Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya said he had identified five companies behind the forest fires, but refused to name them, reported the Jakarta Post.

But later, a Reuters report quoted a government official as saying that eight companies, including Sinar Mas and Asia Pacific Resources International (April), were responsible for the fires.

"The majority of hot spots in Riau (province) are inside April and Sinar Mas concessions," senior presidential aide Kuntoro Mangkusubroto told Reuters.

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