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The Singapore haze that made to the cover story​ of all national and local dailies​

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Singapore has been facing the issue of haze from the past several decades owing to its proximity to Indonesia. However, the air quality declined to unhealthy levels for the first time in the previous three years, reported the National Environment Agency. Haze pollution that has caused a whiteout across the island in the last few days stems from unsustainable slash and burn techniques employed for clearing land for agricultural purposes in Indonesia (the same practice that led to uncontrollable fires in the Brazilian Amazon lately). This haze tends to become worse during the dry season from June to September, due to changes in wind direction, and with little or no rain.

Health concerns

The impact of haze on health may vary from individual-to-individual. It mainly depends on the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI; 5 bands being 0-50 for good, 51-100 for moderate, 101-200 for unhealthy, 201-300 for very unhealthy, and above 300 for hazardous air quality), and duration and intensity of outdoor activities. If the PSI approaches unhealthy levels, it may irritate the eyes, nose, and throat accompanied by sneezing and coughing. 

Furthermore, if the PM2.5 reading (measure of tiny particle less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter in the air; 4 bands being 0-55 for normal; 56-150 for elevated; 151-250 for high; and above 250 for very high) rises to the elevated range, haze particles can affect the lungs and heart, especially of those with chronic respiratory and heart diseases. Moreover, the very young, the elderly, and people with allergies are also likely to experience the ill-effects of haze.




Health tips

The Health, Education, and Manpower ministries  advised the following measures to tackle haze:

Try to implement these tips until the haze lifts as prevention is always better than cure!

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