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Pekanbaru Still Shrouded by Smog from Fires Residue

September 03, 2015

Pekanbaru, Ekuatorial – Riau still shrouded by smog from forest and land fires residue. Dense smog back on last three days. Therefore, Education Department of Pekanbaru to dismiss the whole school activities. “Previously only level of kindergarten and elementary school, but now up to high school,” said Head of Education Department of Pekanbaru, Zulfadil, Wednesday (2/9).

Nurul, a student from SMPN 22 Pekanbaru, said since 10:00 teachers sent home all students. “We came home early because of smog.”

Based on the observation of Ekuatorial, there are many masks sellers on the streets. Very thick smog causes eye irritation.

Meanwhile, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) of Riau Province said that on September 2, 2015, limited visibility in Pekanbaru is 600 meters. The weather was cloudy due to the thick smog, flight activity at Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport in Pekanbaru disturbed. Four departing flights canceled.

Head of BKMG Data and Information, Slamet Riyadi said that the wind moving from the southeast to the south, so the smog collected in Riau region. “Not only the smog that comes from the neighboring province such as Jambi and South Sumatra, smog at this time exacerbated by a growing number of hotspots in Riau,” said Slamet.

In last three days, the hotspots are spread throughout southern Riau, like Pelalawan (46 points) and Indragiri Hilir (29 points). Tera and Aqua satellite observations to monitor 559 hotspots in Sumatra. A total of 220 points is in South Sumatra, 169 points in Jambi, 134 points in Riau, 26 points in Bangka Belitung, six points in West Sumatra and four points in Lampung.

For Riau, hotspots are scattered in Pelalawan (46 points), Kampar (13 points), Kuantan Singingi (11 points), Indragiri Hilir (29 points), Indragiri Hulu (21 points), Siak (4 points), Rokan Hulu (3 points), Rokan Hilir (2 points), Bengkalis (3 points), Dumai (1 point), and Meranti (1 point). Winahyu Dwi Utami


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