Indonesia To Create Artificial Rain To Extinguish Fires

An official said on Friday that Indonesia will drop salts into clouds to induce rain in an attempt to douse forest fires that have choked parts of the country and neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia.

Heru Widodo, the head of the government-run Weather Modification Technology Centre said that Two helicopters have been dispatched to Riau province on Sumatra island, where forest fires have raged for days.
He said, a C-130 Hercules cargo plane would follow on Saturday and also said that "We will start cloud seeding on Saturday, if the situation permits".
Cloud seeding involves firing salt-based chemicals into clouds to force out rain.
A similar method was used to try to divert rain away from the capital Jakarta following flooding in February.

A motorist is seen through a thick haze on a street in Muar in Malaysia's southern state of Johor bordering Singapore. In Malaysia, the southern state of Johor was the worst affected from forest fires in Indonesia. Air quality in the coastal town of Muar worsened in the "hazardous" category, forcing 211 schools to close.

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Write by: RC - Saturday, June 22, 2013

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