Saturday, July 20

Singapore offers assistance to Indonesia to combat haze


SINGAPORE: Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen has called Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu to reiterate the Singapore government’s offer to assist Indonesia’s efforts to combat the ongoing forest fires in Sumatra.

The smoke haze from the fires have affected Singapore and Malaysia.

On Thursday, the haze in Singapore hit the unhealthy level with the three-hour pollutant standard index (PSI) reaching 207 as at 11pm.

The 24-hr PSI ranges between 132-148.

As part of the overall haze assistance package offered to Indonesia, the Ministry of Defence and the Singapore Armed Forces have placed on standby a C-130 aircraft for cloud seeding operations, a Chinook helicopter with a water bucket for aerial fire-fighting, and up to two C-130 aircraft to ferry the Singapore Civil Defence Force fire-fighting assistance team.

The SAF stands ready to support and assist the Indonesian military (TNI), which has been deployed to put out the fires. – BERNAMA