TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A total of seven flights in Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport, Palembang of South Sumatra were delayed on Monday morning, Oct. 14. due to thick haze, said the airport’s head of observation and information station Bambang Beny Setiaji.
“The smog phenomenon is indicated by low humidity with dry particles in the air, so it lowers visibility,” said Beny.
Beny explained the extreme condition was attributable to many hotspots throughout the last 24 hours in Ogan Komering Ilir (OKI) regency of South Sumatra, so the smog intensity significantly increased.
“It comes from Banyu Asin I, Pampangan, Tulung Selapan, Pedamaran, Pemulutan, Cengal, Pematang Panggang, and Mesuji," he added.
According to South Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), 732 hotspots were detected during the last 24 hours in South Sumatra, which 437 of them were in OKI regency.
The haze from land and forest fires was washed away by the wind to Palembang City at the speed of 9-37 kilometers per hour and further thickened in the morning in several areas due to air lability.
“The intensity generally raises at 04:00 to 08:00 a.m. and 04:00 to 08:00 p.m. because of the stable air lability, and the air mass does not increase at those times,” Beny said.
The haze will further cover the city since there is no rainfall reducing the number of hotspots in South Sumatra. “Due to the weakening of Hagibis Tropical Storm in the South China Sea and the low pressure in the area, the potential and intensity of rain in South Sumatra will continue to decline in the next three days,” Deny remarked.
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