Number of hotspots triple in Sumatra


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 31 Aug 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: In just a little over 24 hours, the number of hotspots have tripled to a worrying 238 in Sumatra. 

However in Kalimantan, the number of hotspots have halved to 57 for the same duration.  

There are also two hotspots in Malaysia – one each in Perak and Selangor.  

This is according to the Department of Environment based on satellite reports obtained from the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) on Aug 29. 

The previous day, ASMC had detected 72 hotspots in Sumatra, 128 in Kalimantan and two in Malaysia – one in Johor and the other in Pahang. 

Although heavy rains have put out most of the peat fires in Indonesia, drier weather is expected next week. 

Peat fires are persistent and dry weather makes it hard to put them out. 

A Meteorological Services Department spokesman said he does not expect the haze to return to Malaysia over the next few weeks. 

This was because the location of the hotspots, he said, was mostly in the southern part of Sumatra away from the peninsula. 

“This is unlike before, when the fires were in central Sumatra which is very close to the Klang Valley,” he said.  

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