BMKG satellites detect 78 hotspots across Sumatra

BMKG satellites detect 78 hotspots across Sumatra


Jakarta — The Terra and Aqua satellites have detected 78 hot spots across Sumatra indicating the possible occurrence of forest fires. Sukisno, head of the Meteorolog, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in Pekanbaru, Riau, said the satellites detected the most recent hot spot at 6 a.m. local time on Thursday (07/06). Based on the satellites’ images, the hot spots are spread across Sumatra. Most were detected in Riau, with 23 hot spots, followed by Bengkulu (18), Aceh (10), Jambi (four) and West Sumatra (two). Four were detected in Jambi and one in Bangka Belitung and Riau Islands. “The weather in Riau Islands is cloudy with a possibility of mild rain,” Sukisno said on Thursday. The Riau administration previously declared an emergency for forest fires to prevent further flare ups from affecting the upcoming 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, South Sumatra. Riau Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Edward Sanger said the emergency status would end on November 30. “The President has instructed the National Disaster Mitigation Agency to prevent any haze disasters caused by forest fires during the Asian Games,” he said.