Pekanbaru, Riau (ANTARA) - The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has provided a water bombing helicopter to the Riau provincial government to handle forest and land fires (karhutla) in the area.

"The water bombing helicopter arrived in Pekanbaru on Monday. The helicopter flew from Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan, to Palembang, South Sumatra, then to Pekanbaru, Riau," chief executive of the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) - Riau, M. Edy Afrizal, informed on Monday.

The Kamov KA32T RA31009 type helicopter with a bombing capacity of five thousand liters landed at Roesmin Nurjadin Pekanbaru Air Base, he said.

"Now, we have three helicopters on standby in Riau, namely two patrol helicopters with one of them provided by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and one water bombing helicopter from BNPB," Afrizal added.

He hoped the additional helicopter would help optimize the prevention and handling of forest and land fires in Riau.

Meanwhile, the forecaster on duty at the Pekanbaru Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Mohd Ibnu Amirruddin, informed that light rain was recorded in some parts of Riau on Sunday night.

"At night until early morning, rain with light to moderate intensity occurred in parts of Rokan Hulu, Kuantan Singingi, Indragiri Hilir, Indragiri Hulu, Meranti, Bengkalis, Dumai city, and Pekanbaru city," he disclosed.

BMKG also issued an early warning and asked the public to remain alert for moderate to heavy rainfall, which could be accompanied by lightning and strong winds.

"Heavy rain and strong winds occurred in parts of Bengkalis, Rokan Hulu, Kuantan Singingi, and Meranti at night or early in the morning," he added.

Air temperature in Riau was recorded at 22–33 degrees Celsius on Monday, with humidity reaching a range of 60–99 percent. Meanwhile, the wind direction was from northwest to northeast and the speed was 10–30 kilometers per hour. The estimated wave height in the waters of Riau province ranged from 0.50–1.25 meters (low category).

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