Army says ready to help put out haze-causing Sri Aman fires

KUCHING (Bernama): The army says it is ready to help extinguish the peat soil and undergrowth fires in Sri Aman that are partly contributing to the worsening haze situation in Sarawak.

The air quality in Sri Aman remained at the hazardous level with an Air Pollution Index (API) reading of 412 as at 2pm on Friday (Sept 20).

Eastern Field Command commander Datuk Wira Zamrose Mohd Zain said the army is just waiting for the go-ahead to mobilise its personnel.

“We are ready to assist any agency. It comes under the special duties of the Malaysian Armed Forces. When it comes to natural disasters, the coordination is carried out by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma),” he said on Friday.

He spoke to reporters after the Warriors Day event and the handing over of donations to 31 injured soldiers, here. About 120 veteran officers also participated in the event.

A cloud-seeding operation has been scheduled for today in that division. – Bernama

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