Tuesday, 18 June 2019 | 14:08 WIB

BMKG: Satellite Found 15 Hotspots in Sumatra

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BANDA ACEH, NNC - The local Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said that the satellite has encountered 15 hotspots monitored by fashionable sensors in four provinces in Sumatra.

"There are three hotspots from the total of 15 points in Sumatra," Head of BMKG Data and Information Section Blang Bintang Meteorology Station, Zakaria Ahmad, said in Aceh Besar, Aceh Province, on Sunday, Sept 9.

Those three hotspots showed as monitored hotspots in two provinces, Bengkulu and Lampung, as it had a confidence level above 81 percent.

Then there were seven hotspots, including suspected hotspots in four provinces, including three points in Aceh. The remaining four points were spoted in Bengkulu, South Sumatra and Lampung.

Meanwhile, the remaining five hotspots in Sumatra, he said, have not shown alarming figures, as it have a low level of confidence.

"There are five concentrated hotspots in three districts in Aceh, three of it included as hotspots lasting since since yesterday. Two points in Tawar Sea, Central Aceh, and Geulumpang Tiga in Pidie," he said.

"Two hotspots in Bandar Dua in Pidie Jaya, and Linge in Aceh Tengah with a low level of confidence," Zakaria said.

The government in 2018 closely guarded forest and land-prone areas, thus successfully reducing the number of hotspots up to 96.5 percent throughout Indonesia in the 2015-2017 period.

"Based on NOAA's satellite monitoring data, the number of hotspots in 2015 reached 21,929 while it reduced in 2016 to 3,915. In 2017, the number of hotspots declined to 2,257," said Forest and Land Fire Control Director of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Raffles B Panjaitan.

KLHK recorded that the area of forest and land burned in 2015 reached 2,611,411 hectares (ha). The number was decreased to 438,360 ha in 2016, then dropped again to 165,464 ha in 2017.

"Since 2016, companies do not have the audacity to clear lands by burning it. This definitely has an effect. Even if there is a fire, its only small spots from negligence," Raffles said.