Palembang, S Sumatra (ANTARA News) - Smoke detectors have been installed in the Jakabaring Sport City (JSC) area in Palembang, South Sumatra, to ensure the location of the Asian Games match is free of smoke arising from land and forest fires.

JSC Palembang Director Bambang Supriyanto remarked here on Thursday that four temperature and smoke detection devices were installed at the Athlete Hall, Shooting Stadium, Athletic Stadium, and Jakabaring Sriwijaya Stadium.

Supriyanto said the temperature and smoke detection devices are a grant from the Center for Research on IOT data and resiliency initiatives from ICTP UNESCO.

"This is one of the efforts made by the government to detect early humidity and smoke haze, including the direction of the smoke haze itself," he said.

In addition to optimizing the temperature and smoke detection devices, South Sumatra Province has also formed a Forest and Land Fire Task Force comprising the TNI, Polri, Manggala Agni Fire Brigade, and government officials as a precautionary measure against land and forest fires in the dry season.

Although forest and land fires are still found in the districts of Ogan Komering Ilir and Musi Banyuasin, this incident did not cause smoke disasters in Palembang City.

However, the government has intensified Weather Modification Technology to bring rain to ensure no smoke disasters occur during the Asian Games scheduled from August 18 to September 2, 2018.

Commander of the Air Force Base in Palembang Colonel Pnb HR Sutrisno said the Air Task Force was aggressively conducting cloud seeding operations after additional aircraft arrived in Palembang last Monday.

He noted that this effort was quite fruitful, as several locations had received rain despite being the peak of the dry season.

Reporting by Dolly Rosana
Editing by Otniel Tamindael, Rahmad Nasution

Reporter: antara
Editor: Heru Purwanto
Copyright © ANTARA 2018