Haze: 179 hotspots in Riau extinguished by rain: BMKG

The Jakarta Post, 26 June 2013

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG)’s observatory in Pekanbaru says 179 hotspots have been extinguished after heavy rains hit several regencies in Riau on Tuesday.

“Only 84 hotspots remain in 10 regencies and municipalities in Riau. The number of hotspots once reached 263,” said a BMKG analyst Warih Budi Lestari on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Data provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that of the total 84 hotspots, most were located in Siak regency, which has 25 spots, followed by Kuantan Singingi with 12 spots.

“Ten hotspots have also been detected in Bengkalis regency, and Indragiri Hulu and Dumai with 7 hotspots each,” said Warih.

The remaining 23 hotspots are located in several other regencies: Indragiri Hilir, Kampar, Pelalawan, Rokan Hilir, and Rokan Hulu.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Agus Wibowo said rain-making efforts conducted by the Research and Technology Application Agency (BPPT) were successful in several areas.

Haze Disaster Control Air Taskforce head Col.Andyawan said eight helicopters also helped extinguish fires with water bombs.

“Three helicopters flew to the northern areas, covering Dumai and Bengkalis, while three others extinguished fires in southern areas such as Pelalawan and half of Kampar. The remaining two continue to patrol hotspots,” said Andyawan. (ebf)