18 June 2014
This time last year, smoke from peatland fires in Riau province, Sumatra, choked the skies of Singapore and parts of Indonesia and Malaysia. Since the haze crisis of 2013, regional leaders have taken numerous steps to try to prevent recurrences, but the return of fires to the region in February-March 2014 made it clear that solutions for stopping the fires remain some way off.
In recent weeks, Singapore has offered assistance to Indonesia and Malaysia to fight land and forest fires, while the number of fire hotspots in Sumatra is on the rise again. Meanwhile, the El Niño weather phenomenon threatens to make it a drier-than-normal year throughout much of Indonesia and Southeast Asia, raising the risk of fires across the country.
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