30 Jun '15, 2pm

Smog, thermal hotspots in Riau could spell return of haze

PEKANBARU (Indonesia) — Several cities in Riau were shrouded in smog today (June 28) while thermal hotspots were detected throughout the Indonesian province, sparking concerns that haze may soon return to the region. Forest and land fires in both local and neighbouring areas reportedly caused the smog, according to the head of Riau Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Edwar Sanger. “Land and forest fires have also occurred in Jambi and South Sumatra. Riau is receiving smoke from those two provinces, as winds are currently blowing from south to north,” Mr Edwar told Jakarta Post. Meanwhile, 45 hotspots were discovered in Riau between 10pm on Monday to 5am today, based on satellite monitoring conducted by Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Pekanbaru Station. “Satellite monitoring shows 45 hotspots and in some areas of Riau, 27 fire spots were picked up by th...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/smog-thermal-hotspo...

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