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, an official said Friday.
Two helicopters have been dispatched to Riau province on Sumatra island, where forest fires have raged for days, said Heru Widodo, the head of the government-run Weather Modification Technology Centre.
A C-130 Hercules cargo plane would follow on Saturday, he said.
"We will start cloud seeding tomorrow (Saturday), if the situation permits," he said.
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.
As far we know, this is the first time confirmed that military planes A C-130 Hercules are involved in weather modification programs.
Now here is the 1 milion $ question: Why people saying they have been seeing C-130 Hercules planes spraying chemicals into the skies are called conspiracy theorists?