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THE HAZE MAY BE BACK NEXT MONTH

Indonesian officials are bracing themselves for more widespread fires in the coming months, with Australian meteorologists predicting the return of the El Nino phenomenon as early as July.. FOREST fires in Sumatra may flare up as early as next month, the Indonesian authorities warned as cloud-seeding and water-bombing operations resumed this week to curb the threat of haze, which blanketed the region last year. The head of emergency response at Riau province's disaster management agency, Mr Ferialdi, said a Hercules aircraft and three helicopters made 20 sorties yesterday to put out fires. "Conditions are very much under control now. We also do patrols and get regular updates of conditions on the ground from local residents," he added.

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