Indonesia says forest fires under control

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Haze in RiauThe Indonesian government said on June 29 that is has greatly brought under control the devastating forest fires in Sumatra that caused hazardous haze in the region.

The affected areas have dropped to around 4,000 hectares, about one-quarter of the size from when the fires were at their peak, according to Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa.

Over the past two weeks, Singapore and parts of Peninsular Malaysia have endured their highest air pollution levels on record, forcing residents to wear face masks and stay indoors. The haze also raised diplomatic tensions, with Singapore and Malaysia demanding that Indonesia should do more to stop the problem and address the issue at the current ASEAN summit in Brunei.

The haze in Singapore and Malaysia has now greatly eased due to rain and favourable wind conditions. The number of hotspots in Sumatra dropped to 7 from 261 due to cloud seeding and water bomber operations undertaken by the Indonesian government.

The fight against the fires, believed to be initiated by oil palm and pulp companies, cost the Indonesian government around $10 million. 18 people have been arrested so far.

Indonesia has also been pressured by its neighbours to ratify a 2002 ASEAN agreement to end the haze. Indonesia is the only country in the region not to have ratified the pact.

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The Indonesian government said on June 29 that is has greatly brought under control the devastating forest fires in Sumatra that caused hazardous haze in the region.

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Haze in RiauThe Indonesian government said on June 29 that is has greatly brought under control the devastating forest fires in Sumatra that caused hazardous haze in the region.

The affected areas have dropped to around 4,000 hectares, about one-quarter of the size from when the fires were at their peak, according to Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa.

Over the past two weeks, Singapore and parts of Peninsular Malaysia have endured their highest air pollution levels on record, forcing residents to wear face masks and stay indoors. The haze also raised diplomatic tensions, with Singapore and Malaysia demanding that Indonesia should do more to stop the problem and address the issue at the current ASEAN summit in Brunei.

The haze in Singapore and Malaysia has now greatly eased due to rain and favourable wind conditions. The number of hotspots in Sumatra dropped to 7 from 261 due to cloud seeding and water bomber operations undertaken by the Indonesian government.

The fight against the fires, believed to be initiated by oil palm and pulp companies, cost the Indonesian government around $10 million. 18 people have been arrested so far.

Indonesia has also been pressured by its neighbours to ratify a 2002 ASEAN agreement to end the haze. Indonesia is the only country in the region not to have ratified the pact.

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