Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The number of hotspots in the provinces of Riau, South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan and North Kalimantan have declined on Sunday, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).
A spokesman of the BNPB Agus Wibowo said in a statement here on Sunday, the number of hotspots in Riau has declined to 29, from 126 detected on Saturday (10/8/2019).
The agency has also detected a declining number of hotspots in South Kalimantan from 41 to 14, East Kalimantan from 23 to 20, and in North Kalimantan from 29 to 23.
However, in some other provinces, the number of hotspots has increased, such as in West Kalimantan where it increased 27 to 605 and in Central Kalimantan where it increased four to 163.
Jambi has recorded an increase in the number of hotspots to three, South Sumatra to 19, and Bangka Belitung increased 10 to 14.
BNPB said, haze has shrouded Sumatra and Kalimantan regions, though it was not descending over Malaysia and Singapore.
Pekanbaru was still blanketed by haze with visibility of five kilometers, while the visibility in Jambi (cloudy) is 9 km, Palembang (cloudy) 10 km, Pontianak (smoky) 5 km, Pangkalan Bun (cloudy) 9 km, Palangkaraya (smoky) 5 km, Sanggu-Buntok (smoky) 4 km, Banjarmasin (cloudy) 10 km, and Tanjung Harapan – Tanjung Selor (smoky) 5 km.
The air quality based on the concentration of particulate matter (PM10) showed unhealthy air quality in Pekanbaru with PM10 concentration 166, Pontianak with 253 PM10 or very unhealthy, Palangkaraya 217 (very unhealthy), and Sampit 26 (healthy)
On Sunday, 9,072 personnel of the joint task force that comprise of the BNPB, the military, police, regional mitigation agency (BPBD), and local residents have continued to put out the fire in six provinces namely Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, and South Kalimantan. (mar)
AIR POLLUTION EMERGENCY STATUS REVOKED AS RIAU AIR QUALITY STABILIZES
Greatindonesia.co.id, Riau – The air pollution emergency status in Riau was revoked following an improvement in air quality and no further detection of hotspots.
The Air Quality Index in Pekanbaru, Siak, Kampai, Dumai, Rokan Hilir, and Bengkalis during the past three days were reported at a medium to good level, Acting Secretary of the Riau Provincial Administration Ahmadsyah Harrofie stated here on Wednesday.
The emergency status was revoked on September 30, 2019, in line with the result of a meeting between the local government and Environment and Forestry Affairs Ministry.
“(Satellite) data on September 30 indicated no hotspot, with a confidence level of 70 percent. Hence, from October 1, all haze victim evacuation posts have been shut down,” he stated.
Earlier, on September 23, an air pollution emergency status was declared in Riau. The government also provided healthcare posts to tend to the victims of smog emanating from land and forest fires in the region.
The police have named 323 individuals and 11 corporations as suspects in the land and forest fires. Investigation into the case has been handled by the six regional police of Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, and South Kalimantan.
Indonesian Police’s Director of Special Crime of the Criminal Investigation Unit Brig. Gen. Muhammad Fadil Imran remarked that the police had worked in close collaboration with environmental experts and the Environment and Forestry Affairs Ministry for investigation into. (apd)
ISPA CASES IN RIAU INCREASING DUE TO SMOG
Greatindonesia.co.id, Pekanbaru – The smog from the forest and land fires in Riau Province has increased the number of patients suffering from acute respiratory infections (ISPA). Based on the data from the Riau Provincial Health Office, the number of ISPA cases has increased from around 29,000 in August 2019 to 34,083 from September 1 to 22, 2019.
Riau Governor Syamsuar has declared the status of an emergency due to the air pollution from the smog. The emergency status will be in operation from September 23 to 30, 2019.
Since the smog blanketed the province, especially in Pekanbaru city, the government has activated health posts in all community health centers (puskesmas) as well as in private and public hospitals, Head of the Riau Provincial Health Office Mimi Nazir said.
The local government has also opened 15 shelters equipped with medical personnel and medicines to help people who are affected by smog-related illness.
“We provide doctors, nurses, medicines and oxygen cylinders for people in need,” Nazir said in Pekanbaru Monday (23/9/2019).
The cost of healthcare for people who are suffering from smog-related illnesses will be borne by the government, Riau Governor Syamsuar announced.
“All medical treatment for people who are ill due to the smog is free. If someone is asked to pay, please report it directly to us,” he said.
More and more people in Riau, especially children, are getting ill due to the dangerous smog that enters buildings through the ventilation, even into rooms with air conditioners, and can be easily inhaled.
“Children are getting weaker. They do not want to eat, their body heat is high and it can lead to seizures. Finally, we are forced to take them to the hospital, where the doctor finds bacteria in their bodies because of the smog,” Ferdian, a resident of Pekanbaru said while narrating his experience of treating a child affected with smog-related illness at Eria Bunda Mother and Children Hospital.
Ferdian’s three-year-old child needs an infusion of liquids due to the lack of fluids in his body and undergoes nebulizer treatment four hours a day, to expel the phlegm that has become lumpy in his respiratory tract. (ran)
PRESIDENTAL PLANE LANDS SMOOTHLY AT HAZE-SHROUDED RIAU AIRPORT
Greatindonesia.co.id, Riau – The presidential aircraft carrying President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) landed smoothly at Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport in Pekanbaru at 6.30 p.m. Monday (16/9/2019) as thick smoke enveloped the Riau provincial capital in the past few days.
The President paid an impromptu visit to Riau to observe the smog and monitor the handling of forest and land fires in the province.
Air pollution in Pekanbaru surged up to 300 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) between September 9 and 13, exceeding the daily PM10 threshold of 150 µg/m3, Head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Dwikorita Karnawati said in Jakarta Saturday, (14/9/2019).
BMKG measures air quality using particulate matter (PM10), meaning that if the particle in the air is less than 10 micrograms it is hazardous for humans when it is inhaled.
The other city whose air quality exceeded the threshold level on September 12 and 13 is Jambi. (INE). (fag)
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