Satellite detects 44 hotspots in Sumatra

Pekanbaru, Riau Province (ANTARA News) - The Terra and Aqua Satellites have detected 40 hotspots located in Sumatra Island, which were mostly found in Riau Province that had reached 20 areas.

According to the Riau Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency received here on Friday, the total hotspots that are found in Riau have increased 100 percent.

The agency noted that the hotspots are spread across eight districts and cities of Riau Province, which are mostly located in Dumai city and has reached five sites.

The satellite noted three of the five hotspots in Dumai city including Pelintung Village of Medang Kampai Sub-district, Basilam Baru Village of Sungai Sembilan Sub-district and Gurun Panjang VIllage of Bukit Kapur Sub-district.

The mitigation agency also discovered three hotspots located in Bengkalis District such as in Rupat, Bukit Batu and Siak Kecil. Hotspots were also found in Rokan Hilir District in two areas in Kubu Sub-districts and Rimba Melintang Sub-district.

The satellite also found two hotspots each in Pelalawan, Siak and Rokan Hulu area.

Meanwhile, the agency also found a hotspot in Kampar and Kuantan Singingi District.

The Chief of the agency in Riau Saiq Saqlul Amri stated that the increasing hotspots in Riau are due to the dry season in last several days.

However, the NOAA 18 Satellite of US on Thursday has noted two hotspots in Riau Province and six in other areas of Sumatra.

The agency reported that the hotspots are a trigger from forest fires in Sumatra during the last several months that had caused the haze disaster in Riau Province.

(UU.B019/INE/a014)

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