New Hotspots Detected in Sumatera

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  • Fire blazes in the forest in Indralaya, South Sumatra, Sept. 16, 2015. Indonesia intensifies efforts to extinguish the forest fires that cause the haze which blankets parts of the archipelago and neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. AP/Tatan Syuflana

    Fire blazes in the forest in Indralaya, South Sumatra, Sept. 16, 2015. Indonesia intensifies efforts to extinguish the forest fires that cause the haze which blankets parts of the archipelago and neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. AP/Tatan Syuflana

    TEMPO.CO, Pekanbaru - Tera and Aqua satellites detected 111 hotspots in several areas in Sumatera, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in Pekanbaru station reported. The number rose sharply after the hotspots had previously decreased to only six.

    “New hotspots detected at 07.00am,” said BMKG’s Pekanbaru station chief Sugarin Widayat on Thursday, October 29.

    Sugarin said South Sumatera has the most hotspots with 104, followed by Jambi with four hotspots and Lampung with three hotspots. “Riau has no more hotspot,” said Sugarin.

    Riau’s weather condition is generally cloudy with haze, explained Sugarin. There is a chance of light rain at noon across Riau. “The maximum temperature is 33.5 degrees Celsius,” he said.

    Thin haze from the forest fires in Riau is still disrupting the air quality in Riau. The visibility in Rengat and Dumai is only 50 meters and 100 meters. On the other hand, Pekanbaru and Pelalawan have good visibility with 1,000 meters.


    RIYAN NOFITRA