INDONESIA: FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT ARRIVES FROM MALAYSIA TO HELP COMBAT FOREST FIRES IN INDONESIA.
- Title: INDONESIA: FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT ARRIVES FROM MALAYSIA TO HELP COMBAT FOREST FIRES IN INDONESIA.
- Date: 16th August 2005
- Summary: (W1) PEKANBARU, RIAU PROVINCE, INDONESIA (AUGUST 15, 2005) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV/GV: MALAYSIAN ROYAL AIR FORCE TRANSPORT PLANES (C-140) ON RUNWAY (4 SHOTS) 0.18 2. GV.MV: FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT BEING OFFLOADED FROM THE PLANE (6 SHOTS) 0.46 3. GV: FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT ON TRUCK 0.51 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEPUTY CHIEF OF MALAYSIA'S FIREFIGHTER TEAM, ABU OBAIDAT, SAYING: "We will try to stay here around 10 - 14 days. And altogether we are 120 personnel including fire fighters and smog team from Malaysia. We bring our apparatus here, around 30 pumps, water pumps." 1.06 5. GV/GV/PAN: FIREFIGHTERS UNLOADING WATER PUMPS FROM TRUCK (2 SHOTS) 1.25 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: PEKANBARU, RIAU PROVINCE, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
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- Story Text: Malaysian firefighters help Indonesia battle forest
fires that have caused a pollution crisis.
Malaysia sent a team of 100 firefighters to
neighbouring Indonesia on Monday (August 15) to help battle
forest fires that have blanketed the region in noxious haze.
The fires, many deliberately lit on Indonesia's Sumatra
island to clear land for agriculture, are once again
testing relations between the two Southeast Asian
neighbours after the smoke caused Malaysia's worst
pollution crisis in eight years.
Malaysia sent 25 search and rescue personnel along with
the firefighters as well as 29 tonnes of firefighting
Members of the team are expected to immediately work
with their Indonesian counterparts.
"We will try to stay here around 10 - 14 days. And
altogether we are 120 personnel including fire fighters and
smog team from Malaysia. We bring our apparatus here,
around 30 pumps, water pumps," said Abu Obaidat, deputy
chief of Malaysia's firefighting team.
Fearing a return of thick haze if the fires are not
extinguished, Malaysia has said Indonesia needs to take
quick action when fires start because of the serious impact
In 1997, haze from mainly Indonesian fires blotted out
skies across Southeast Asia. The fires are a perennial
irritant, with Indonesia urged to act more quickly and
Malaysian firms accused in turn of being part of the
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