Singapore air quality worsens overnight as Indonesia fire arrests jump
Southeast Asia is bracing itself for its annual, uncomfortable tryst with haze as raging fires at Indonesian plantations worsen pollution in the region.
On Friday, Singapore woke up to a deterioration in air quality overnight, as a thin cloak of haze hung over the city-state. The country'senvironment agency said that its 3-hour Pollution Standards Index hit the unhealthy level at 10am SIN.
Neighboring Malaysia had already been feeling the effects of the drifting smog since mid-August, local media reported.
The latest bout of pollution comes even as Indonesia steps up effortsagainst the 'slash-and-burn' technique of cutting down vegetation on a patch of land, then burning off the undergrowth to make space for new plantations.