Smoke from Malaysia, Indonesia causing hazy skies in Singapore
24 March 2005
published by the Jakarta Post
SINGAPORE — Singapore experienced hazy skies Thursday due to smoke drifting from neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia, the environment agency said. Bush fires in parts of Singapore following a long dry spell in the region have also contributed to the hazy conditions, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a statement. It expects the hazy conditions to remain over the next few days but air quality is not likely to deteriorate to unhealthy levels, the statement said. The Pollution Standard Index (PSI) reading at 10:00 a.m. Thursday stood at 95, close to the key index of 100, above which the air is classified as unhealthy. The reading was lower later in the day. The haziness is expected to persist from time to time over the next few days as the wind conditions are light and not able to fully disperse the smoke haze particles, the NEA said. “The air quality is however, not expected to go into the unhealthy range,” it said.