Minggu, 16 Desember 2018

Haze Hits Riau Province Again; Invisibility Drops in Some Areas

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  • TEMPO.CO, Pekanbaru - Haze due to forest and peat land fires hits Riau province yet again.

    As a result, visibility in many parts of the province has dropped to 1,500 meters.

    Head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency of Pekanbaru Chapter Sugarin said that the Aqua and Tera satellite has detected found 61 hot spots a number of areas, indicating forest and peat land fires.

    "The hotspots were detected on Saturday at 7 am," Sugarin said on Saturday.

    Sugarin added that Rokan Hilir distric sees most hotspots as 36 hotspots were detected in the areas, followed by 13 points followed Siak (13 hotspots), Bengkalis (9 hotspots) Rokan Hulu (2 hotspots and Kampar (one hotspot).

    The haze has also decreased air quality in some areas.

    For the record, forest and peat land fires in Riau have occurred again since last month as hotspots began to be detected in some areas of the province.

    To tackle this, Riau Forest Fire Handling Task Force has deployed six water-bombing helicopters to extinguish the fire. The task force has also been doing weather modification techniques and provided artificial rain, while the joint team of Army and the police have been containing the fires fighters on  land.