International help arrives to tackle Indonesia fires

Indonesian firefighters put out a blaze in Banyuasin, southern Sumatra, on October 7, 2015International help to assist Indonesia in combatting forest and agricultural fires cloaking Southeast Asia in haze has begun to arrive on Sumatra island, an official said on Saturday. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency, said a Bombardier amphibious aircraft and Malaysian crew arrived on Friday to begin water bombing South Sumatra. “They are currently being briefed by the disaster mitigation chief and the water bombing will start immediately after that,” Sutopo told AFP.

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