06 Apr '17, 5am

No haze from South Sumatra this year, says Indonesian governor ... - The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - There will be no haze from the province of South Sumatra this year, said an Indonesian governor on Thursday (April 7). Efforts have been taken to reduce the risk of forest fires in the wake of the 2015 haze episode, and there was no haze last year (2016), said Mr Alex Noerdin, the governor of South Sumatra. "This year, we are strengthening our efforts... No fire means no haze from South Sumatra province this year, and next year, and next year," said Mr Noerdin. South Sumatra was where most of the fires that contributed to the 2015 haze burned. The Indonesian official was speaking to the media on the sidelines of an international conference on haze, organised by think tank the Singapore Institute of International Affairs and held at St Regis Singapore. In 2015, the region was plagued with the worst haze on record, as warmer and drier weather caused by the El Nin...

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