Friday, 21 June 2013

Harzadous Haze Chokes Malaysia and Singapore

Poor visibility at the Johor-Singapore Causeway
According to news reports, the air quality in Johor and Singapore has worsened with the Air Pollutant Index (API) hitting above 300 which is classified as hazardous level. Readings above 400 will be life threatening to ill and elderly people.

Buildings in the city centre are only semi-visible from about less than 1km due to the blanket of thick smog. People are seen wearing masks outdoors for to prevent themselves from inhaling too much of the polluted air.

Due to the thick smog, schools in Southern Malaysia are closed and Changi Airport, Singapore has reported of flight delays.

Changi Airport
 The fires are caused by the illegal slash-and-burn land clearance in Sumatra. This is an annual event that affects neighbouring countries due to unscrupulous companies to clear land for plantation.

Clear blue skies at Jakarta

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