17 Jun '13, 9am

Singapore urges Indonesia to take immediate measures over worsening haze

THE SINGAPORE government has urged the Indonesian authorities to take urgent measures to halt transboundary haze, as the haze clouding Singapore's skies crossed into the unhealthy range on Monday. At 11pm, the PSI was 150 - the highest since 1997, when the index peaked at 226. Any reading above 100 is considered unhealthy. Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said he is "deeply concerned that the 113 hotspots detected over Sumatra (on 17 June 2013) have led to such a bad haze in Singapore". He said the Government has been in touch with the Indonesian authorities "to register our concern, and renew our offer of assistance". He will also speak to the Indonesian Environment Minister personally "to convey the seriousness of the situation". The National Environment Agency (NEA) said it will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide further up...

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