Singapore smog could last for weeks:?PM
Singapore (PTI): Singapore's prime minister has warned that the haze engulfing the city could last for weeks, as air pollution in the city-state...
Singapore (PTI): Singapore's prime minister has warned that the haze engulfing the city could last for weeks, as air pollution in the city-state soared to record levels. The pollution standards index peaked at 371 on Thursday, breaking previous records and well above hazardous levels, before falling to about 300. The haze is caused by illegal forest fires in Indonesia's Sumatra island.
The issue has sparked accusations between the two neighbours. Environment officials from the two nations are holding an emergency meeting in Jakarta. Indonesian Minister for People's Welfare Agung Laksono said that Singapore was "behaving like a child". "This is not what the Indonesian nation wants, it is because of nature," he said.
The haze, blown from fires in Sumatra Island, hit Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia over the weekend and lifted air-pollution indexes. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said its air traffic controllers have increased the separation between flight takeoffs and landings as an added precautionary measure following the worsening haze situation in the city state. The Runway Visual Range (RVR) reading has dropped to levels lower than 1,500 metres due to the haze.