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Singapore's dangerous pollution problem
A dense haze has blanketed the city-state with officials blaming neighbouring Indonesia's slash-and-burn agriculture.
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2013 11:26
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Singapore - Singapore's air pollution has reached record hazardous levels, with the city-state blaming neighbouring Indonesia for allowing illegal slash-and-burn agriculture to go unabated. 

The Standard Pollution Index climbed to 290 recently and on Wednesday it shot up to 371 - creating dangerous conditions, especially for those with respiratory ailments. A PSI reading above 300 indicates "hazardous" air, while a reading between 201 and 300 means "very unhealthy".

Singapore says the smoke came from forest fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island and enshrouded its 5.3 million people in a dense smog. The last time when the PSI surpassed the 200 level was back in 1997.

Indonesia, meanwhile, responded angrily to the accusations, saying Singapore was "behaving like a child". 

Singapore says the fires were caused by Indonesian logging companies illegally setting fire to their waste. Singapore’s Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam emphasised the urgency of the situation and offered to help fight fires in Indonesia.

“Cooperation could be further strengthened to tackle the haze problem and ... [Indonesian] officials could discuss with their Singapore counterparts ways to better cooperate and deal with the haze issue,” Singapore's government said in a statement.

The illegal forest burning on Indonesia's Sumatra, to the west of Singapore and Malaysia, to clear land for palm oil plantations is an annual problem, particularly during the June to September dry season.


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Two lifeguards wear masks at a swimming pool on the top floor of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel as haze hits Singapore. 



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Singapore says the smoke came from forest fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island.



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Singapore's pollutant standard index (PSI) reached an all time high - 371 parts per million, which is considered hazardous.



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Hotel employees try to protect themselves from the pollution.

 



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Singapore says haze from slash-and-burn forestry practices in Indonesia cause the annual problem for its 5.3 million people. 



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Indonesia has responded angrily to Singapore's accusations, saying it was "behaving like a child". 



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A view of the haze from Singapore's Marina Bay.



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Smog has a seriouis effect on Singapore's tourism and daily city operations.



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A man in Singapore wears a mask at a bus stop with the city blanketed in smoke. 



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Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the haze could "easily last for several weeks".



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Singaporean authorities have urged Indonesia to fight the fires and take legal action against companies involved. 




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A man in Singapore wears a mask at a bus stop with the city blanketed in smoke. 

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Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the haze could "easily last for several weeks".

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Singaporean authorities have urged Indonesia to fight the fires and take legal action against companies involved. 

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Two bodyguards wear masks at the swimming pool in the top floor of Marina Bay Sands Hotel as haze hits Singapore. 

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Two bodyguards wear masks at the swimming pool in the top floor of Marina Bay Sands Hotel as haze hits Singapore. 

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An employer of Marina Bay Sands Hotel protects herself from the hazardous haze. 

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An employer of Marina Bay Sands Hotel protects herself from the hazardous haze. 

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Singapore's pollutant standard index (PSI) reached an all time high - 371 parts per million (ppm), which is considered hazardous for those with respiratory conditions.

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Singapore's pollutant standard index (PSI) reached an all time high - 371 parts per million (ppm), which is considered hazardous for those with respiratory conditions.

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Two employers of Marina Bay Sands Hotel protect themselves from the pollution at the entrance of  of the complex.

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Two employers of Marina Bay Sands Hotel protect themselves from the pollution at the entrance of  of the complex.

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Two people walk in front of Singapore's Marina Bay as smoke haze from Malaysia becomes an annual problem for the country. 

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Two people walk in front of Singapore's Marina Bay as smoke haze from Malaysia becomes an annual problem for the country. 

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Some skyscrapers in Singapore where for the past days there has been a severe haze, caused by drifting smoke from wood-fires on Indonesia's Sumatra.

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Some skyscrapers in Singapore where for the past days there has been a severe haze, caused by drifting smoke from wood-fires on Indonesia's Sumatra.

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A vew from Marina Bay Sands Hotel from Singapore's Marina Bay.

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A vew from Marina Bay Sands Hotel from Singapore's Marina Bay.

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Smog from Indonesian forest fires greatly affects Singapore's tourism and daily city operations.

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Smog from Indonesian forest fires greatly affects Singapore's tourism and daily city operations.

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A man in Singapore wears a mask in a bus stop as the city is shrouded in smoke haze. 

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A man in Singapore wears a mask in a bus stop as the city is shrouded in smoke haze. 

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A man near the area Little India wears a mask to protect himself from pollution. Singapore claims the pollution comes Indonesian companies illegally burning waste.

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A man near the area Little India wears a mask to protect himself from pollution. Singapore claims the pollution comes Indonesian companies illegally burning waste.

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Forest fires from the Indonesian island of Sumatra enshrouded much of Singapore last week.

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Forest fires from the Indonesian island of Sumatra enshrouded much of Singapore last week.

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A general view of Singapore's pollution from Nicoll Highway's MRT stop. Singapore's authorities urged to Indonesia to dose the fires and take legal action against the companies involved. 

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A general view of Singapore's pollution from Nicoll Highway's MRT stop. Singapore's authorities urged to Indonesia to dose the fires and take legal action against the companies involved. 



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