Haze in West Sumatra thickens
May 22, 2008, 2:41 pm
Filed under: Forest Fires

Padang, West Sumatra (ANTARA News) – The haze which has been enveloping West Sumatra for the past two days following the emergence of hot spots in a number of locations became thicker on Thursday but domestic and international flight schedules were not yet affected.

Air transport activities were proceeding normally and had remained unaffected up to Thursday, the chief of Minangkabau International Airport (BIM)`s operations division, Satyah Anggara, said here on Thursday.

The haze did not disturb visibility so that flights could go on as scheduled, he said.

“No flight has been canceled or postponed, flight activity is still normal,” he said.

Meanwhile, Amarizal, a spokesman of the Tabing Padang meteorological and geophysics office, said visibility was still normal despite the haze.

He suspected the haze had come from West Sumatra`s neighboring provinces of Jambi and Bengkulu.

However, there might be also hot spots in West Sumatra`s forests as the province was entering the dry season.

“It`s possible part of the haze is from hot spots in West Sumatra,” he said.

Last Tuesday, the NOAA (US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Satellite 18 had detected tens of hot spots in West Sumatra which were causing haze.

Data from the forest service and the natural resources conservation agency showed that there were 27 hot spots in the province on May 17, 2008.

The hot spots emerged because of forest fires and fires created to open new farming areas, a local forestry service officer said.

Of the 27 hot spots, 17 were found in Dharmasraya District, nine in Pesisir Selatan District, two in Sijunjung District, two in Pasaman District, and two in Lima Puluh Kota District.

He reminded local farmers not to put forest trees on fire as such acts were violation of Government Regulation No. 4/2002 which bans the burning of trees in forest areas. (*)


Thirteen hot spots detected in Sumatera
May 22, 2008, 2:39 pm
Filed under: Forest Fires

Thirteen hot spots detected in Jambi

Jambi (ANTARA News) – Some 13 hot spots caused by forest fires were detected in Jambi on May 21, 2008, and 12 of them were inside the Kerinci Seblat National Park in Merangin District.

Another hot spot was detected in Tebo District, Gazam of the Jambi environmental impact assessment office, said here on Thursday.

The number was significantly down from 32 hot spots found in Merangin, Sarolangun, Tebo and Bungo Districts, three days ago.

The Jambi provincial administration has set up a forest and plantation fire control command post to monitor fires around the clock. (*)


Indonesia Heading for Disaster in 2050
May 19, 2008, 6:25 pm
Filed under: Earthquake, Flood, Forest Fires, Hightide, Landslide, Mud Volcano, Mudflow, Storm, Tsunami

Indonesia Heading for Disaster in 2050

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Indonesia should reduce its energy consumption or a large disaster will occur in 2050. The use of energy is alleged as the main cause of earth’s temperature rise of 6.4 celcius degree over the last century.

“The year 2050 will be critical ,” said State Minister for the Environment, Rahmat Witoelar in a general lecture on climate change and sustainable development at the Faculty of Social and Political Science (FISIP) University of Indonesia, today.

Rahmat quoted a conclusion from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) saying that the increase of global temperature since the 20th century is caused mainly by the increased concentration of green house gases because of human activity.

He explained that because of the temperature increases, seven large rivers in the world will be dried out, including the Ganges river in India and Yellow River in China.

He added that the access road to Soekarno-Hatta airport will be flooded permanently due to global warming.

To slow the global warming process, Rahmat recommended a ‘green’ lifestyle for Indonesia, by reducing electricity and fuel usage. “I suggest the government and building providers in Jakarta to design skyscrapers that are energy-save friendly,” said Rahmat.

Historical Maps of Natural Hazards and Disaster in Indonesia
April 15, 2008, 9:15 pm
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Data Compilation of Natural Disasters in Indonesia, 2008
March 12, 2008, 9:25 am
Filed under: Earthquake, Flood, Forest Fires, Hightide, Landslide, Storm, Tsunami

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Haze from Sumatra forest fires covers Aceh
February 26, 2008, 1:02 pm
Filed under: Forest Fires


(ANTARA News) – Banda Aceh Municipality and Aceh Besar District have been covered by haze from Sumatra forest fires over the past few days, however it did not affect flights at Sultan Iskandar Muda airport.

The haze had covered Aceh since last week, head of the Blang Bintang meteorological office Syamsuir said here on Tuesday.

The haze did not disturb flight schedules at the airport as the visibility was still above five kilometers, he said.

“Although it looks quite thick, the haze is not dangerous for flights even in the evening,” he said.

In addition to Banda Aceh and Aceh Besar, the smoke also affected Weh Island, Sabang, Pidie, Central Aceh, and Southeast Aceh.

Hot spots from forest and bush fires were detected among other things in Dumai and Bengkalis districts in Riau Province, West Sumatra, Mandailing Natal in North Sumatra Province, East Aceh, Jambi, South Sumatra and Lampung.

Last Tuesday (Feb. 19), the number of hot spots on Sumatra Island reached a total of 349, including 90 hot spots in Riau Province alone he said. Rains over the past few days helped extinguish most of the hot spots. (*)