FOREST FIRES FLARE IN RIAU, INDONESIA

In a bid to prevent a repeat of the haze that occurred in 2015, Indonesia’s western province of Riau has declared a state of emergency over forest and land fires blazing on the island of Sumatra on 8 March 2016.

About 500 military and police personnel and a water-bombing helicopter have been deployed to help fight the fires but the haze had not yet reached urban areas.

The current wind conditions means that the haze will not affect Singapore for now.

Records have shown that efforts by Indonesia and her neighbouring countries to put out the fires have been dismal. The 2015 forest fires ended only when the rainy season arrived.

In 2014, Indonesia overtook Brazil to become the world’s biggest deforester.

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