SINGAPORE PRESS-Singapore offers to help Indonesia fight forest fires - Straits Times

by Reuters
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 00:42 GMT

Singapore on Tuesday offered to help Indonesia fight its land and forest fires to prevent severe haze in the upcoming dry season.

It is willing to provide, among other things, high-resolution satellite images and hot spot co-ordinates, Singapore Civil Defence Force teams, and even an aircraft for cloud-seeding, the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources said in a statement.

Willem Rampangilei, Indonesia's deputy for the environment at the coordinating ministry for people's welfare, said the country appreciated the offer, but would deploy its national capabilities first. "We do not reject the offer," he told The Straits Times.

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