Asian Games 2018

Indonesia fights forest fires in Sumatra ahead of Asian Games

Indonesia fights forest fires in Sumatra ahead of Asian Games

A simulation of fire fighting operation in South Sumatra. (ANTARA FOTO/Nova Wahyudi)

Pekanbaru, Riau (ANTARA News) - The Riau Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency reported here on Tuesday that some 169 hot spots were detected in seven provinces across Sumatra Island, including South Sumatra, that will co-host the 18th Asian Games with Jakarta.

Referring to satellites` images, the agency remarked that South Sumatra Province had 13 hot spots, while 90 others were detected in different parts of Riau, 27 in Bangka Belitung, 22 in North Sumatra, 10 in West Sumatra, four in Jambi, and three in Lampung Province.

According to Head of the Riau Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency Sukisno, 57 of the 90 hot spots in Riau had a confidence level of above 70 percent, indicating that there would have been 57 land and forest fires in the province`s areas.

"Rokan Hilir District had 42 hotspots, while 10 other hot spots are detected in Bengkalis District. One hotspot each was found in the districts of Kampar, Pelalawan, Indragiri Hulu, and Indragiri Hilir, as well as Dumai City," he stated.

In order to extinguish land and forest fires, the Riau Land and Forest Fire Task Force has deployed four water bombing helicopters to back up its ground and aerial firefighting operations.

The four helicopters comprised one Bell-214, one MI-171, and two Kamov, the task force`s deputy commander, Sanger, noted.

President Joko Widodo has warned earlier that the related authorities should do their best to ensure that the 18th Asian Games, due to be held in Jakarta and Palembang, the capital city of South Sumatra Province, from Aug 18 to Sept 2, is not disrupted by land and forest fires.

"As the Asian Games host, we must be able to ensure that the land and forest fires will not occur during the multi-sport event, so that our image and flights are not disrupted by the haze," Widodo told attendants of a coordinating meeting for the Forest and Land Fire Mitigation in Jakarta last February.

Indonesia will host the Asian Games for the second time this year after Jakarta was selected as the venue for the Asian sporting event for the first time in 1962. By virtue of its hosting of the 2018 games, the country aims to secure a place among the top 10 largest sporting events.

Some 45 countries will participate in the games that will feature 462 events across 40 sports, of which 32 are Olympic sports and eight are non-Olympic events.

The Olympic sports are Aquatics, Athletics, Fencing, Weightlifting, Basketball, Handball, Badminton, Baseball/Softball, Cycling, Equestrian, Golf, Wrestling, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Canoeing and Kayaking, Sailing, Shooting, Modern Pentathlon, Archery, Sport Climbing, Rowing, Rugby, Gymnastics, Roller Skating, Football, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Boxing, Triathlon, and Volleyball.

The non-Olympic sports are Bowling; Bridge; Cricket; Kabaddi; Martial Arts including Jujitsu, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Sambo, and Wushu; Mechanical Sports, such as Paragliding and Jet skiing; Squash; and Sepak Takraw.

Indonesia has set a target of entering the biggest 10 in the event by winning a minimum of 16 gold medals.



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