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Number of hot spot rises in Riau

PEKANBARU (Riau) Aug 1 (Bernama) -- The Regional Disaster Mitigation (BPBD) reported an increase in the number of hot spots in Riau forests on Friday compared to the previous day, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

Satellites detected 95 hot spots spread across five districts and cities in Riau of which 51 are in Rokan Hilir district, said head of Riau BPBD Said Saqlul Amri.

Dumai City has 30 hot spots and Bengkalis district 12.Satellites also detected a hot spot each in Rokan Hulu and Siak districts. The US NOAA satellite operated by Singapore detected only five hot spots on Friday, with three in Rokan Hilir and two in Bengkalis.

Forest and land fires have destroyed 25,000 hectares of land in Riau this year which resulted in major losses, air pollution and widespread haze.

The local government has ordered all authorities to take anticipatory measures in their areas.

Riau police arrested 189 suspects involved in forest and land fire cases between January and July this year.

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