BMKG: West Sumatra's air quality has touch level is very unhealthy

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BMKG: West Sumatra's air quality has touch level is very unhealthy

The atmosphere of Padang was covered by smog, in W Sumatra, on Monday (August 19, 2019). Data from Bukit Kototabang's Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Station, said that during the last two weeks there has been an increase in hotspots in the central to southern Sumatra, and several hotspots are in the W Sumatra region, but smog from neighboring provinces is very dominant, strengthened by east to southeast wind patterns . ANTARA PHOTOS / Iggoy el Fitra /ama.

Padang (ANTARA) - The Minangkabau Padang Pariaman Climatology and Geophysics Meteorology Agency (BMKG) stated air quality in W Sumatra is very unhealthy on Monday morning, due to smoke from forest and land fires .

Head of the Minangkabau BMKG Observation and Information Section, Yudha Nugraha in Padang on Monday, said that based on samples carried out in Bukittinggi the air quality this morning was in very unhealthy condition, by measuring the concentration of particulate pollutants (pm10) indicating a moderate level or in the range of 253 µgram / m3.

"That is far above the quality standard of 150 µgram / m3," he continued.

Based on the observation of BMKG the visibility in W Sumatra varies, that are the visibility in Padang currently only reaches 2.5 kilometers, but in the Bukittinggi area the visibility only reaches 700 meters.

In addition, based on satellite monitoring Terra, Aquam, SNPP and NOAA20 showed an increase in the number of fires as many as 824 spots in Sumatra.

"While in W Sumatra there are eight hotspots, such as three in Dharmasraya, five in Pesisir Selatan, and one in the Mentawai Islands," he said.

Based on the analysis of the Himawari satellite image - 8 Rainfall has the potential to rain in the Dharmasraya, Sijunjung, Agam, Pasaman Barat, and surrounding areas with mild to moderate intensity from tonight to tomorrow.

"We urge the public to be careful when driving because of decreased visibility," he said.

He also suggested that people reduce activities outside the home, especially at night or use a mask when leaving the house.

"To avoid dehydration, they can consume water and fruits," he said.

He also appealed to the community not to set fire to household waste or to open agricultural land.

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Translated by:Mutiara Ramadhnai - Internship Student of ANTARA 2019
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