Air pollution in Singapore has reached record heights on the third consecutive day. Indonesia sends off planes and helicopters on Friday to extinguish the intense fires that are responsible for hazardous levels of smoky haze in three countries.
The fire in peat swamp forests on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island sent a huge smog cloud across the sea to neighbouring countries, Singapore and Malaysia. Till now both the countries have become impatient with the way Indonesia is responding to the problem that occurs almost every year.
This is the worst haze in Singapore’s history that caused its main air pollution index to hit a measurement of 401 at noon on Friday, going higher than its previous highs of 371 on Thursday and 321 on Wednesday, both of which were also record readings for the country. Measurements such as these are classified as “hazardous” and can exacerbate respiratory ailments in people.