Forest and land fires (karhutla), which continue to affect the province of Riau, have caused a deterioration of local air quality. At the moment, the quality of the air that has been monitored in several points of the province, is in the category of "moderate" to "very unhealthy".
According to the report of the Head of the Data, Information and Public Relations Center of the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), Agus Wibowo, based on the recap of the KLHK Sumatra P3E Data and the LHK Office of the Riau Province, the September 14, 2019 at 07.00 - 15.00, West Indonesian time, the highest standard air pollutant index (ISPU) in the Pekanbaru region was recorded with 269 points, followed by Dumai with 170, Rohan Hilir with 141, Siak with 125, Bengkalis with 121 and Kampar with 113.
These numbers indicate that the air quality is not healthy. The day before (13/9), the air quality in Riau was in the category of "very unhealthy" to "dangerous".
The ISPU quality indicators have the following categories: Good (0-50), Moderate (51-100), Unhealthy (101-199), Very Unhealthy (200-299) and Dangerous (more than 300).
The area of burned land due to the destruction of forests and land in Riau, according to BNPB records, covers an area of 49,266 hectares.
Forest and land fires that continue to this day have a great impact on the environmental damage and health of residents, as well as interrupting the activities of community life. Even schools were forced to cease activities.
In this regard, BNPB chief Doni Monardo asked the local government to take concrete measures to overcome forest and land fires in his area.
Meanwhile, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued an early warning in several provinces of Indonesia so that residents are aware of the risk of a decrease in air quality due to fires. Some of these provinces include Jambi, Riau, Central Kalimantan and East Kalimantan.