International Four Indonesian provinces on disaster alert as hot spots rise

Four Indonesian provinces on disaster alert as hot spots rise

But likelihood of haze affecting S'pore assessed to be low: NEA

- Advertisement -

By Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja

Four Indonesian provinces – including one that sits on Singapore’s doorstep – are officially on disaster alert after a rising number of hot spots were detected within their boundaries.

Riau, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan provinces have declared a disaster alert status, Dr Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the country’s disaster management agency BNPB, said in a statement yesterday. All four provinces are located around the equator, with Riau being the closest to Singapore.

When contacted, Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) said the dry weather conditions in Sumatra and Kalimantan are “expected to gradually ease, and an increase of shower activities will help to subdue the hot spots in Sumatra and Kalimantan”.

- Advertisement 1-

The NEA added: “The likelihood of transboundary haze affecting Singapore is currently assessed to be low.”

For Indonesia, the disaster alert status means that the national government in Jakarta will be able to step in more easily and with less red tape to deal with raging fires, deploy troops and provide logistics and funds, Dr Sutopo said.

In the 24 hours to 7am yesterday, there were a total of 78 hot spots across the country, according to the Terra and Aqua satellites.

West Kalimantan province recorded the highest number with 23 hot spots, while Central Kalimantan recorded 12, Riau had nine, and South Sumatra had one.

SOURCES: NEA, GLOBALFORESTWATCH.ORG. ST GRAPHICS

Several other provinces also recorded hot spots, with 14 in West Java, and four each in the Riau Islands and Papua.

- Advertisement 2-

Indonesian provinces located near the equator are now in their first phase of the dry season, which usually runs from early in the year to March. The rainy season then sets in for these provinces in March and lasts until May, before another, more intense dry season from June to September.

Indonesia is deploying joint forces from the BNPB’s provincial branches, the armed forces, forestry agency fire fighters, city firefighters and civil security officers, among others, said Dr Sutopo.

The BNPB has also kept aircraft ready for cloud seeding and helicopters for water bombing.

The hot spots recorded in Riau province are located in Indragiri Hilir, Bengkalis and Pelalawan, with an area of more than 500ha affected, exposing some residents to choking haze, the Indosiar national television reported, citing Riau disaster management agency head Edwar Sanger.

SPH/STFollow us on Social Media

- Advertisement 3-

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Read More

‘Hantu’ spotted in Jurong West: ‘7th-month hungry ghost came too early?’

Singapore — A ghostly figure was spotted in the middle of Jurong West in broad daylight, causing confusion among netizens. “Hantu spotted at Jurong West St 61?!” wrote Facebook page Beh Chia Lor – Singapore Road on Wednesday (Jan 26),...

Cyclist riding single file with two others still gets knocked down in Bukit Batok

Singapore – Even when cyclists stick to the rules and ride in single file, there is no guarantee that this will keep them safe...

‘Spider-Man’ at raucous Clarke Quay gathering on Dec 31 faces extra charge

Singapore — Video clips of a large crowd of partygoers who gathered at Clarke Quay on New Year’s Eve went viral earlier this month,...

Banks ‘remain responsible’ for security measures to prevent phishing scams, says cybersecurity specialist

Singapore – The main responsibility for preventing phishing scams still lies with banks and financial institutions, said a cybersecurity specialist   with CrowdStrike, an...

Man warns public to check flooring in their flats after tiles shatter while his toddler was nearby

Singapore — Several floor tiles in a young couple’s flat suddenly shattered explosively, with the  incident getting caught on camera.  Mr Fauzi Hussin wrote in...

‘Hantu’ spotted in Jurong West: ‘7th-month hungry ghost came too early?’

Singapore — A ghostly figure was spotted in the middle of Jurong West in broad daylight, causing confusion among...

Cyclist riding single file with two others still gets knocked down in Bukit Batok

Singapore – Even when cyclists stick to the rules and ride in single file, there is no guarantee that...

‘Spider-Man’ at raucous Clarke Quay gathering on Dec 31 faces extra charge

Singapore — Video clips of a large crowd of partygoers who gathered at Clarke Quay on New Year’s Eve...

Banks ‘remain responsible’ for security measures to prevent phishing scams, says cybersecurity specialist

Singapore – The main responsibility for preventing phishing scams still lies with banks and financial institutions, said a cybersecurity...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg