704 hotspots detected in Sumatra Island in Indonesia

Published on : Monday, February 17, 2014

download-54The Terra and Aqua Satellite have detected a significant rise in plantation and forest fire hotspots in Sumatra, from 108 to 704, Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency of Pekanbaru stated.


“Most of the hotspots, 611 of them, are located in Riau. The number has risen significantly from 53 hotspots detected on Friday (Feb 14),” an analyst at the Pekanbaru BMKG, Sanya Gautami, said in Pekanbaru on Saturday.


The 704 hotspots were spread over six provinces in the Sumatra Island. Sixty-four hotspots were detected in North Sumatra and 18 in Aceh. Jambi and Bangka Belitung each had four hotspots, while Riau Islands had only three. The 611 hotspots in Riau were found spread over ten districts and a municipality.

The satellites detected 228 hotspots in Bengkalis, 120 in Siak, 77 in Pelalawan, 64 in Meranti, 50 in Indragiri Hilir, 37 in Rokan Hilir and 27 in Dumai, six in Indragiri Hulu, one in Rokan Hulu and one in the Kampar district of Riau.

The BMKG predicted that over the next one week, the rain intensity will remain low over the Riau province and the number of hotspots could potentially increase, Gautami said.



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