Singapore — Haze blanketed Singapore Monday from soot and ash coming from land-clearing fires in Indonesia, meteorological officials said.
Measured over 24 hours, the Pollutant Standards Index reached 48, only three points short of moving into the moderate category of 51 to 100. A reading of more than 100 is considered dangerous to the health, DPA reported citing the officials.
The index has risen into the moderate range only on three days this year.
Sixteen hot spots were detected on the Indonesian island of Sumatra Sunday, down from 168 on Friday. Heavy rain on Saturday extinguished some of the fires, but a National Environment Agency spokesman said winds would be blowing from Sumatra toward Singapore for the next two to three days.
An inter-ministry task force is to go into action should the haze worsen over the city-state.