- Title: Thick haze covers Singapore as neighbours continue to burn forests
- Date: 18th September 2019
- Summary: SINGAPORE (SEPTEMBER 18, 2019) (REUTERS) BOAT PASSING BY HAZE-SHROUDED MARINA BAY MARINA BAY SHROUDED IN HAZE TOURISTS POSING IN FRONT OF HAZE-SHROUDED MARINA BAY SANDS HOTEL MARINA BAY SANDS HOTEL SHROUDED IN HAZE TOURISTS STANDING IN FRONT OF MERLION FOUNTAIN VARIOUS OF MERLION FOUNTAIN TOURISTS GATHERED HAZE-SHROUDED MARINA BAY (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST FROM SYDNEY, BILL, SAYING: "Disappointing. Yeah, we came here to see a pretty city, but it's been, you know, not ruined, but it's made it a lot worse because of the haze. But we have the same problems in Sydney. They do trough burnouts because of bush fires. So just sometimes you've got to put up with it." TOURISTS STANDING IN FRONT MERLION FOUNTAIN (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST FROM SYDNEY, BILL, SAYING: REPORTER: "ALRIGHT. AND YOU'RE NOT WEARING A MASK?" "No. It's more a bush fire rather than chemical pollution, so I don't know if it's going to be that dangerous to your health." TOURISTS STANDING IN FRONT MERLION FOUNTAIN BUILDINGS SHROUDED IN HAZE/SUN SUN SHROUDED IN HAZE VARIOUS OF BUILDINGS SHROUDED IN HAZE MAN SPRAYING BUSH IN SMALL PARK/SUN SHROUDED IN HAZE SUN SHROUDED IN HAZE VARIOUS OF CONSTRUCTION SITE SHROUDED IN HAZE (MUTE) DASHCAM VIEW OF TRAFFIC DRIVING THROUGH HAZE VARIOUS OF DASHCAM VIEW OF TRAFFIC DRIVING THROUGH HAZE (MUTE) ACCELERATED DASHCAM VIEW OF TRAFFIC DRIVING THROUGH HAZE
- Embargoed: 2nd October 2019 06:36
- Keywords: Singapore haze air quality pollution Indonesia
- Location: SINGAPORE
- City: SINGAPORE
- Country: Singapore
- Topics: Pollution,Environment
- Reuters ID: LVA001AX6N58N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: PART AUDIO QUALITY AS INCOMING
Haze continued to blanket Singapore for a fifth consecutive day on Wednesday (September 18) as forest fires continued to rage in neighbouring countries.
Every dry season, smoke from fires to clear land for palm oil and pulp and paper plantations in Indonesia clouds the skies over much of the region, raising concerns about public health and worrying tourist operators and airlines.
The 24-hour Pollution Standards Index, which Singapore's National Environment Agency uses as a benchmark, was in a range of 111-126 in the afternoon, while PM2.5 ranged 83-115. A reading above PSI 100 is considered unhealthy. The World Health Organization sets a daily mean air quality guideline of 25 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic meter of air.
Singapore's air quality deteriorated to "unhealthy" levels on Saturday (September 14) for the first time in three years.
(Production: Travis Teo, Nur-Azna Sanusi, Yiming Woo, Pedja Stanisic, Afiq Satikin, Arshad Muhammad Satikin, Joseph Campbell)
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