Helicopters Mobilized to Water Bomb South Sumatra Hotspots



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - South Sumatra Province’s land and forest fire mitigation task force had been working seven helicopters since Sunday, September 22, to water bomb hotspots spread across a number of districts in the province, detected as sources of numerous land and forest fires.

    The two districts affected by the fires are still dominated by Ogan Komering Ilir (OKI) and Musi Banyuasin, with satellite images revealing a total of 587 hotspots. 251 hotspots were detected coming from Ogan Komering Ilir and 159 originate from Musi Banyuasin.

    “There are plenty of hotspots. This noon’s observation shows that hotspots have risen to more than 700 locations. It is still dominated by OKI and Muba,” said South Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head of mitigation Ansori.

    Meanwhile, Bambang Beni Setiadji from Palembang Airport’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), says that haze from land and forest fires may well worsen the smog in Palembang due to the blowing winds from the East-Southeast direction with 4-14 knots wind speed.