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Riau braces for more hotspots, Jambi to face extreme weather

Published on Mar 29, 2014 10:24 AM

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Dry conditions across Riau in the past few days had created more hotspots, sharply increasing the total number from 219 on Thursday to 777 on Friday, an official said on Friday.

Spokesperson of the Riau haze disaster mitigation task force, Colonel Bernard Robert, said that according to the Terra and Aqua satellites, the majority of hotspots were detected in Bengkalis, followed by Rokan Hilir, Siak, Dumai, Indragiri Hilir, Pelalawan, Indragiri Hulu and Meranti Islands.

"Thin haze still covers Riau despite our efforts in fighting (forest and peatland) fires," Bernard said, adding that the task force had spread a total of 83.5 tons of salt in clouds above the province to induce rain.

"We have also called on residents to help extinguish fires and prevent them from reoccurring in their respective regions," he added.

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