Indonesia: Haze not from Sumatera

Indonesia: Haze not from Sumatera

PUCHONG: Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) denied that the haze in Malaysia originated from Sumatra, Indonesia, based on satellite data over the past few days.

“It is not like the news reports by foreign mass media,” BMKG deputy Mulyono R. Prabowo was quoted saying in a report by Indonesian media outlet Tempo.co today.

Mulyono was reported saying that satellites had detected hotspots throughout South-east Asia during the September 4 to September 8 period.

He said that there were 2510 hotspots in this region from based on data between Sept 4 to 8. Of the total, there were 27 hotspots (on September 4), 516 (September 5), 619 (September 6), 648 (September 7).

“These hotspots were spread across Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Timor Leste, and Thailand,” he added, saying that BMKG did not detect transboundary haze from Sumatra to peninsular Malaysia.

Earlier today Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Yeo Bee Yin blamed Indonesia for the haze that Malaysia has been experiencing.

She also offered Putrajaya’s assistance to help put out the fire in Sumatera.

She also  expected the haze situation to improve by the end of September.

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