Forest Fire Emergency, Riau Requested Helicopter Water Bomb

Forest Fire Emergency, Riau Requested Helicopter Water Bomb

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PEKANBARU, – Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) Riau Province asked helicopter bombers of water and weather modification technology (TMC) to the National Disaster Management Agency following the stipulation of the emergency alert status of Riau's smoke disaster.

"I have today made a letter to BNPB for TMC requests, then asked for a water bombing helicopter as well as assistance," said Riau Chief Edmund Sanger in Pekanbaru, Tuesday (24/1/2017).

Before sending a letter for helicopter and water bombers, Edwar explained that he had coordinated with BNPB first.

Related to the number of helicopters and TMC aircraft submitted, he said it is the authority of BNPB. Later, said Edwar, BNPB will send a team to evaluate weather conditions and forest and land fires in Riau.

Riau Governor Arsyadjuliandi Rachman has officially established the smoke emergency alert status due to forest and land fire 2017. The alert status is effective for 96 days, or from Tuesday until 30 April 2016.

Andi, his familiar greeting explains the determination of the status as an effort to maximize the prevention and prevention in an integrated forest and land fire disaster in Riau.

Andi said according to the instructions of President Joko Widodo, helicopter bomber should be alerted.

Currently alerted a helicopter type Bell 412 assistance Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Riau.

"In Riau there is already one that is alerted by KLHK aid, it can be used for air patrol and water bombing," he said to Antara.

The Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency in the first two weeks of January 2017 detected a number of hotspots indicating forest and land fires in Riau.

The fire spots were scattered in Rokan Hulu, Pelalawan, Dumai, Bengkalis, Meranti, Siak and Kuantan Singingi.The existence of the point of fire that became one of the reasons the Governor of Riau immediately set the alert status of forest fires and land. In addition, two other areas of Rokan Hulu and Kota Dumai have established the same status first.

The governor requested that fire handling be done as early as possible so that the success of suppressing the fire number in 2016 could then be increased.

(Read also: Riau Set Karhutla Emergency Standby Status 2017)

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