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Air quality in Singapore improves after PSI hit high of 150 SINGAPORE - Singaporeans woke up to clearer skies on Sunday morning after a hazy Saturday. Air quality in Singapore on Saturday moved into the "unhealthy" range for the first time this year. The 3-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hit 150 at 9pm, the highest this year. But it later eased to 136 at 12 midnight and on Sunday morning, the PSI dropped further to 57 at 7am. The highest 3-hour average PSI reading recorded was in September 1997 when it hit 226.

Singapore has expressed its concerns about the situation to Indonesia, stressing the urgency to suppress the forest fires which are causing the haze. Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said: "I just hope that next year, the Indonesians will understand our concerns and do something about the haze, or do something about the fire before it is started by farmers and plantation owners. Our Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be registering our concerns with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Indonesia, that's the least we should do."

Singapore also offered assistance to Indonesia to fight the problem. This includes cloud 'seeding' operations to induce rain as well as table-top exercises to help farmers deal with land clearing. Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Environment and Water Resources Minister, said: "At the end of the day, it is up to the Indonesian government, the Indonesian people at this point in time, the offer that we have made still stand. I think if there is anything else that they need, if they make a request, we will consider it. Meanwhile on our part we will continue to provide them coordinates and locations of the hotspots and from there they can locate the forest fires and hopefully they can suppress the fires as quickly as possible."

Minister Yaacob said an an Indonesian official passed through Singapore recently to see for herself how the haze has affected Singapore. Meantime, the National Environment Agency has started providing three-hour PSI updates on its website. The 3-hour PSI is derived from taking the average PSI of the past three hours. For instance, at 3pm, the PSI reading was 83 - this figure was derived from the average reading between 12 and 2pm. Hazy weather is expected in the coming days and Singaporeans have been advised to take the necessary precautions.

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Posted in Forest fires @ 08 October 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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