A number of elementary schools were closed due to haze covering Rokan Hilir, Riau Province, on Tuesday.
The have induced by forest and plantation fires, could affect the health of school children, therefore the Rokan Hilir education office decided to temporary stop school activities, Suma Al Falah, head of the Rokan Hilir Environmental Affairs office, said her eon Tuesday.
The local environmental affairs office has mobilized a number of personnel to extinguish the forest and plantation fires, despite the geographical difficulties, he said.
Some 159 hot spots of forest and plantation fires were detected in Riau Province on Tuesday morning.
Based on the latest monitoring of NOAA 18 Satellite, the hot spots were detected in 11 out of the existing 12 districts in the province.
The hot spots spread in Rokan Hilir district (55 hot spots), Pelelawan district (24), Rokan Hulu (17), Kuantan Singingi and Indragiri Hulu districts (respectively 13), Bengkalis district (11), Kampar (10), Siak (seven), Indragiri Hilir district (six), Pekanbaru (one), and Dumai City (two).
Meanwhile, the Tabing Padang meteorological, climatology, and geophysics office (BMKG) has recorded a total of 70 hot spots in West Sumatra.
“The monitoring of BMKG on Tuesday morning indicates that there is an increase in the number of hot spots in West Sumatra region, due to the dry air humidity,” Amarizal, head of the Tebing Padang BMKG`s observation and information section, said here on Tuesday.
He explained the hot spots were triggered by dry air which has occurred over the past two weeks. At least 350 hot spots were detected on Sumatra Island, including in West Sumatra, he said.
In West Sumatra, the hot spots were detected in Dharmasraya District, South Solok District, Pasaman District, South Pesisir District, Agam District and Limapuluh Kota District, he said.