JAKARTA: There was some respite from haze on Tuesday (Aug 30) as heavy rain in Riau on Indonesia’s Sumatra island helped firefighters battling to extinguish forest fires in several parts of the province. Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) also said PSI readings in Riau were between the “Healthy” and “Moderate” range.
Not all the fires have been snuffed out in Sumatra. BNPB said that more than 50 hectares of land are still burning and producing thick smoke. Satellite images showed that there were 165 hotspots on Tuesday across the country.