30 Sep '15, 9am

Indonesia considers declaring haze problem national disaster

Indonesia considers declaring haze problem national disaster

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s task force on the haze affecting parts of Southeast Asia will discuss on Wednesday (Sep 30) whether it is necessary to raise the problem of the forest fires and haze to the level of a national disaster. The decision to declare the haze a national disaster has to be made by the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB). However, according to Environment and Forestry Minister and head of the task force Siti Nurbaya Bakar, it is more important to tackle the problem operationally and put out the fires quickly. "We will have this discussion today but for me, it's more important about the operation instead of the terminology," she explained. "What is the difference? The point is that we have to do the best thing for the people, also for our neighbours. I'm also following everyday and every hour what is happening with the air pollution in Singapore." Dr Siti...

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