Central Kalimantan still covered in haze despite zero hot spots

Motorists travelling under a heavy blanket of haze in Palangkaraya, capital of Central Kalimantan province, on Oct 12, 2015.
Motorists travelling under a heavy blanket of haze in Palangkaraya, capital of Central Kalimantan province, on Oct 12, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (Jakarta Post/Asia News Network) - Central Kalimantan was blanketed in thick haze on Wednesday (Oct 14) again, only two days after the situation had improved and despite the absence of hot spots.

According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), horizontal visibility in Muara Teweh, a town in the Borneo province, reached only 200m on Wednesday morning, while vertical visibility was 350 feet.

On Tuesday, the former was between 1km and 2km, while the latter was around 450 feet.

"The haze in Muara Teweh has come back; the sunshine this morning looked dim due to being covered in haze, no longer clear like yesterday. The haze was carried by the wind yesterday with speed between 5 and 9 km per hour from the south-west," a BMKG official was quoted by Antara news agency as saying.

The haze was back despite the lack of hotspots in North Barito, the regency where the town is located.

According to Manggala Agni Muara Teweh fire department spokesperson Aswaludin, satellites did not detected hot spots in the area by about 6am on Wednesday.

"The hot spots are gone. On Tuesday, six hot spots were still detected in the regency," said Aswaludin.

In addition to Muara Teweh, other regencies in Central Kalimantan are reportedly also free from hot spots on Wednesday morning, namely Puruk Cahu in Murung Raya regency, Tamiang Layang in East Barito regency and Buntok in South Barito regency.