The Jakarta Post
Up to 379 hot spots have been detected in South Kalimantan by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency's (BMKG) Terra and Aqua satellite on Tuesday morning.
According to the state-run airport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) I's spokesperson at the Syamsudin Noor Airport in Banjarmasin, Frandi Nugroho, most of the hot spots were detected in Tapin regency ( 100 ), followed by Banjar ( 88 ), Tanah Laut ( 52 ) and Tanah Bumbu ( 34 ) regencies.
"The minimum visibility at the airport was only 200 meters at 7.30 a.m.," said Frandi as quoted by tempo.co.
He added that the weather condition in South Kalimantan on Tuesday morning was generally cloudy with a maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius, humidity between 40 and 90 percent and wind speed between 9 and 30 kilometers per hour.
According to head of South Kalimantan Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Sugiono Yajie, the haze in the region is indeed thick, especially in the regencies of Banjar, Tapin and Tanah Laut, which resulted in the disruption of several morning flights at the Syamsudin Noor Airport.
Sugiono added that the number of hot spots in South Kalimantan was higher compared to previous days.
'The visibility this morning is only 10 meters,' said Sugiono.
Efforts to tackle the smog are ongoing, including water bombing and ground wetting, a collaborative effort between the BPBD, the Indonesian Military (TNI), the National Police and community agencies.
'We haven't yet increased the alert status to the disaster level. However, we still continue to decrease the number of hot spots,' said Sugiono. (nov/kes)(++++)
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