Haze may return to Singapore and Malaysia soon.

It might be worse this year, due to lack of resources.
Indonesia Forest Fires Haze Malaysia Singapore News Asia Today

Uncontrolled eruption of forest fires in Indonesia may result in the haze returning to both Malaysia and Singapore soon.

In Indonesia, forest fires have been breaking out across Kalimantan, with over 700 hotspots that could potentially grow into full-blown forest fires.

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Just a few days ago, the Indonesian government declared a state of emergency on the situation.

Water bombing to put out fires in affected areas.
Water bombing to put out fires in affected areas.

In 2015, over 1.6 million hectares of forests were decimated due to fires.

This time around, Indonesian officials are worried that the country may not be able to control the situation as significant resources (and funds) have been poured towards the pandemic relief efforts.

Indonesia has started water bombing affected areas to control the spread of the fires, as well as cloud seeding to encourage rainfall.

The operations could last until end September, when the dry season ends.

Wilfred Tan
Former journalist cum editor. I lead the content creation process at News Asia Today. From the awesome country of Malaysia.