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2011 to be drier and hazier because of La Nina

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2011 to be drier and hazier because of La Nina

Post Number:#1  Postby timyang » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:41 am

SINGAPORE, Feb 17 (Bernama) - The Southeast Asian region may expect drier weather during the coming traditional dry season between June and September this year.

This is due to the possibility of the prevailing La Nina weakening to neutral conditions in the second half of the year, according to the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) in its forecast.

This weather condition was reported by ASMC to the environment ministers from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand who met at the 11th Meeting of the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee (MSC) on Transboundary Haze Pollution, here Thursday.

Malaysia was represented by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas.

According to a statement issued after the meeting, the ministers also noted the ASMC's weather outlook of occasional periods of dry weather over the next two months in the region.

The MSC countries also agreed to continue to be vigilant and prepared for any occurrence of transboundary haze from fires during extended periods of dry weather in the coming months.

The statement said the ministers also expressed their appreciation to Indonesia for their enhanced and new efforts in implementing its Plan of Action (PoA) in Dealing with Transboundary Haze Pollution in the country.

Among the actions taken by Indonesia were strengthening the capacity of Community Fire Brigades on fire warning system and early suppression, enhancing the dissemination of information on hotspots, and campaigns on zero burning technique and socialisation of law and regulation in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

Indonesia also has allocated about US$18.2 million for strengthening the Manggala Agni fire brigade in national parks and natural resources conservation units nationwide.

The ministers also noted the successful implementation of the Indonesia-Malaysia collaboration in Riau Province, and Indonesia-Singapore collaboration in Jambi Province, in the haze control management.

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