Haze in Singapore Hits New High!

Haze in Singapore hits new high psi reading at 321 this evening around 10pm.

This picture was taken on Wednesday 19th June 2013 when the psi reading was below 200.
Later in the evening at 10pm, haze in Singapore hits new high psi reading at 321.

Singapore has been suffering from the hazy conditions and today was the worse with the pollution standard index soaring to 321 on Wednesday (June 19) at 10pm local time!!! It is also the worse reading in our history! When the pollution standard index reading passes 300, air becomes harzardous. Our previous worse reading was 226 in 1997.

This haze is expected almost yearly when farmers and irresponsible companies do their illegal annual burning of forest to make path for agricultural purposes. Singapore’s worst air pollution in 16 years sparked diplomatic tension the day before yesterday (June 18), as our city-state urged Indonesia to provide satellite data to enable it to act against plantation firms that allow slash-and-burn farming.

The day did not start out too badly (psi below 200) and I was able to get out for lunch with my old friend. We even had coffee al fresco style although we see a number of people wearing surgical masks over their noses and mouths. I also had to queue in the open air for more than 20 minutes to get a cab.

It’s school holidays and there were many very young children coming out during the vacation but if this haze continues, I think excursions will most likely be abandoned.

The Singapore Armed Forces has stopped all outfield training until further notice. Several other organisations such as the Singapore Civil Defence Force and Ministry of Home Affairs all reduced physical and outdoor training when the index crossed 100, while NTUC FairPrice has issued face masks to all of its pump attendants at its petrol stations.

Earlier on Wednesday, Environment Minister Vivian Balakrishnan acknowledged that Singaporeans are “very frustrated, angry and distressed about the situation”. Both Dr. Balakrishnan and Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam spoke to their Indonesian counterparts on Tuesday to urge them to take tougher action against companies responsible for the illegal burning.

The Singapore NEA (National Environment Agency) said on Tuesday night that haze is likely to last for the next few days. – http://bit.ly/12LntbC

I hope the haze go away soon. It is making a lot of people ill. I have been feeling quite lethargic after a day’s outing I will do my normal postings tomorrow. Meanwhile enjoy a cuppa (or two) on me 🙂


Stay safe!

Stay safe! I'm going to sleep ;-)

I’m going to sleep 😉

We are staying indoors likely.

Have a happy week everyone 🙂

10 Responses to “Haze in Singapore Hits New High!”
  1. Sheryl says:

    The haze sounds awful–but coffee with a friend sounds like the perfect way spend some time until the haze decreases.

  2. Janet Rörschåch says:

    Stay healthy, Sam. Try not to breathe in too much of the yuck.

  3. daniellajoe says:

    sounds scary….you need indoor plants to keep your home, oxygen rich 🙂

  4. renxkyoko says:

    Haze due to pollution? I haven’t seen one like that . Is it like smoke?

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