Greatindonesia.co.id, Riau – The air pollution emergency status in Riau was revoked following an improvement in air quality and no further detection of hotspots.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The emergency status was revoked on September 30, 2019, in line with the result of a meeting between the local government and Environment and Forestry Affairs Ministry.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)
BINTAN POLICE FOIL BID TO SMUGGLE 118 KILOGRAMS OF METH
Greatindonesia.co.id, Riau Islands – The Bintan Police in Riau Islands managed to prevent the culmination of a drug smuggling plan to Sumatra and Jakarta and confiscated 118,521 grams of methamphetamine from the suspects.
The drugs were supposedly smuggled from Malaysia through the waters of Senggiling in Bintan, Bintan Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Boy Herlambang stated here on Wednesday (4/9/2019).
In connection with the case, the police have named three suspects — JF (38), SY (38), and ZH (36) — serving as drug couriers. All suspects are the residents of Bintan Island and work as school bus drivers.
“They were arrested through close coordination between personnel of the North Bintan Police and Bintan Police,” Herlambang remarked.
The police had earlier received a tip-off of the drug transaction plan at Sakera Beach, North Bintan, on late Friday (30/8/2019).
The police arrested suspect JF from the location, while another suspect SY was arrested from JF’s house in Tanjung Uban.
The police also unearthed 118.521 kg of methamphetamine, some packed in suitcases, while others were concealed in a washing machine and a car parked in front of the house.
Another suspect ZH was arrested at a different location on the basis of information of the two suspects, Herlambang revealed.
The suspects admitted that it was the sixth time that they had smuggled drugs from Malaysia into Bintan Island.
He stated that the police had conducted further investigation into the case.
The three suspects were charged with Law No. 35 of 2009 on narcotics and are liable to face. (ogn)
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