NEA Media Advisory On Singapore Haze Situation 17 Jun 2013 UPDATED 18 Jun 2013

Since this morning, conditions have been visibly hazy and a strong burning smell detected across many parts of Singapore.

Drier weather conditions in the region have led to an escalation in hotspot activities mainly over central Sumatra. 101 and 138 hotspots were detected over Sumatra on 15 and 16 June 2013 respectively.

The smoke haze from the fires in Sumatra was brought over by prevailing winds blowing from the southwest or west, and has affected Singapore since 13 June 2013. The hazy conditions are expected to persist for the next few days.

The 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reading as at 4pm today is in the range of 68 to 83, which is in the Moderate range.

The 3-hour PSI reading as at 18 June, 6pm is 82 – in the moderate Range. This post will no longer be updated

Given the current hazy conditions, it is advised that children, the elderly and those with heart or lung diseases, reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor activities. Everyone else should limit prolonged or heavy outdoor activities.

The PSI readings and health advisories for the five regions in Singapore (North, South, East, West and Central), which are updated at 8am, 12 noon and 4pm are available at the PSI page.

Health Advisory Table (from NEA)

PSI ValueHealth Advisory
0 to 50
(Good)
None for the general population
51 to 100
(Moderate)
None for the general population
101 to 200
(Unhealthy)
Persons with existing heart or respiratory ailments should reduce physical exertion and outdoor activity. The general population should reduce vigorous outdoor activity.
201 to 300
(Very unhealthy)
Elderly and persons with existing heart or lung disease should stay indoors and reduce physical exertion and outdoor activity. The general population should avoid vigorous outdoor activity.
301 to 400
(Hazardous)
Children, elderly and persons with existing diseases should stay indoors and avoid outdoor activity. The general population should avoid all unnecessary outdoor activity.
> 400
(Hazardous)
Children, elderly and persons with existing diseases should stay indoors, keeping the windows and doors closed and avoiding physical exertion as far as possible.Outdoor activity should be avoided. The general population should keep physical exertion and outdoor activity to as low a level as possible.

The public can also access PSI updates through the following channels:

  • Weather@SG website (Mobile Friendly)
  • NEA Twitter (Mobile Friendly)
  • NEA Call Centre at 1800 CALL NEA (1800 2255 632)
  • NEA myENV App on iPhone and Android

NEA has alerted the Indonesian Ministry of Environment on the haze situation experienced in Singapore, and urged the Indonesian authorities to look into urgent measures to mitigate the transboundary haze occurrence.

NEA will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide further updates when necessary.

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