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Singapore's air pollutants index hits 2006 high due to smoke from Indonesia fires

Singapore's air pollutants index hits 2006 high due to smoke from Indonesia fires

Singapore's air quality deteriorated to its worst level this year on Saturday as acrid haze from brush fires in Indonesia filled the sky, the National Environment Agency said.
The Pollutants Standards Index hit 130 at 10 a.m. (0200 GMT) Saturday, the first time this year it has measured above 100, the agency said.
The agency defines an index reading of below 50 as good, a reading of 51-100 as moderate, and anything above 100 as unhealthy.
In a health advisory on its Web site, the agency said people with heart or respiratory ailments should limit physical exertion outdoors, and the general population should also "reduce vigorous outdoor activity."
The haze is triggered each year by fires in Indonesia, and sometimes Malaysia, started by farmers to clear brush during planting season, many of them on Indonesia's Sumatra island and in Kalimantan province, Indonesia's portion of Borneo island.
Malaysia is also affected by the heavy haze.
The worst case of smoke-induced haze in Southeast Asia occurred in 1997-98. It blanketed much of the region and was blamed for losses of nearly US$9 billion in lost tourism, health and business costs.
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Updated : 2021-04-11 03:07 GMT+08:00