Indonesia’s forest fires push up Singapore’s pollution level


Indonesia’s forest firespush up Singapore’s pollution level

(Source : The Jakarta Post, 14 May 2004)

Singapore (DPA)

Smoke from forest fires in the Indonesian island of Sumatra has pushed the pollution level in Singapore to its highest point so far this year, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said Friday. 

Satellite picture have shown a number of hot spots on the island since Tuesday, but the spike in pollution readings did not necessarily signal a full-blown return of haze, the NEA said. 

The index hit 63 Wednesday. A reading below 50 is considered good with moderate air quality indicated by a reading of 51 to 100. From 101 to 200 is unhealthy, and very unhealthy is from 201 to 300. 

Meteorologists forecast Singapore will experience slight to moderate haze in the coming weeks as prevailing winds blow from the southwest, carrying smoke from the annual fires caused by illegal land clearing.


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