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

20 Sep 2019 / 15:33 H.

KUCHING: The army said today it is ready to help extinguish the peat soil and undergrowth fires in Sri Aman in Sarawak that are partly the reason for the air quality there to have gone above 400 as per the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading.

Eastern Field Command commander Datuk Wira Zamrose Mohd Zain (pix) 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.

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.

As at 2pm today, the API for Sri Aman was 412. A cloud-seeding operation has been scheduled for today in that division. — Bernama

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