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At least 2,510 critical points scattered throughout the Southeast Asian region (Asean) were observed. According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in its press release, all critical points were monitored by Terra Aqua MODIS, SNPP, NOAA20 and Himawari-8 Satellite satellite images on September 4 and 7, 2019.

The head of the BMKG meteorology department, Dr. Mulyono R. Prabowo, explained that the number of critical points in ASEAN in the last 4 days (September 4 - 7, 2019) was quite volatile, with a tendency to increase .

On September 4, 2019, the BMKG monitored 727 access points throughout ASEAN, then on September 5, 2019, the number of access points dropped to 516 points. On September 6, 2019, the critical points began to increase again and reached 619 points, then on September 7, 2019 the 648 points were reached.

"All these critical points are scattered in several ASEAN countries, including Indonesia (Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and South Kalimantan), Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, East Timor and Thailand, "said BMKG's chief meteorologist in Jakarta last Sunday.

According to Mulyono, based on the monitoring of the Himawari-8 satellite, smoke distribution in the territory of Indonesia occurred in the provinces of Riau, Jambi, parts of South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and South Kalimantan.

In the cross-border mist monitoring, no smoke distribution was detected from the Sumatra region to Peninsular Malaysia.

This is different from the information reported by several foreign media that mentioned the presence of smoke at the Sumatra crossing into Peninsular Malaysia.

Meanwhile, regarding the possibility of rain, Mulyono said that rain had already been observed in various parts of Sumatra, including Riau.

Rains are expected in Aceh, North Sumatra, North Kalimantan, North Kalimantan and Papua with mild to moderate intensity over the next three days.

According to this review, the BMKG predicts that there will be a number of areas that will experience an increase in the potential for facilitation of forest and land fires within the next 5 days (September 9-12, 2019), which include: South Sumatra North, Riau, West Sumatra, Riau Islands, Jambi, South Sumatra, Lampung, Bangka Belitung, Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan.

In addition, the BMKG appealed to the public to always be alert and be careful of high air pollution, intense solar radiation and the possibility of facilitating forest and land fires. In addition, the public is also expected to be aware of possible hydrometeorological disasters such as drought.


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