Drones deployed to detect new forest fires in Miri

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  • Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019

MIRI: Drones are being deployed over the skies of Kuala Baram district in northern Sarawak to help in the battle against forest-fires.

The drones spotted fire raging in an area the size of nine football fields near the Peryatim Hamidah Orphanage on Tuesday (Aug 20) morning.

Miri Civil Defence Unit, in its latest updates to the press, said the drones belonged to their unit.

"The drones were sourced from our Civil Defence Unit in Bintulu to help in fighting the forest-fires in Kuala Baram.

"This morning, the drones were flown over the Peryatim Hamidah Orphanage and we found the fire engulfing an area measuring nine acres," it said, adding that the details of the latest fire incident have been forwarded to the state Disaster Relief Committee secretariat.

The orphanage has about 200 orphans.

The Civil Defence Unit is functioning as the state-level secretary for the Sarawak Disaster Relief Management Committee.

In the meantime, the air quality over Kuala Baram and Miri districts remained at moderate levels.

The Air Pollutant Index as at 9am was below 100.

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