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Sarawak Braces For Haze As More Hotspots Pop Up In Kalimantan

Sarawak Braces For Haze As More Hotspots Pop Up In Kalimantan

Also, we’re entering the Southwest Monsoon season.

Tasneem Nazari

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Local open burning activities and the increasing number of hotspots in the south and west of Kalimantan, Indonesia are expected to result in haze shrouding parts of Sarawak soon.

What you need to know: According to Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Malaysia is entering the Southwest Monsoon season, presenting drier weather with less rainfall and predicted to last until September or early October. 

Southwest winds are also forecast to be dominant for the next few days and affect the air quality in Kuching, Samarahan, Sri Aman, and Betong.

Hotspots detected in Borneo on Wednesday, 12 August 2020. (Credit: Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre, ASMC)

Who said what: Amar said that based on information received from the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC), on 8 August, the number of notable hotspots increased in the south and west of Kalimantan, while in Sarawak itself, 37 hotspots were detected.

What’s next: The SDMC has issued a directive to all disaster management committees at both division and district levels in the state to activate their hotspot monitoring and act fast if a fire breaks out.

Read more:
Sarawak bracing for haze as number of hotspots in Kalimantan rises (Malay Mail)


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