Haze in parts of Singapore: Malaysian efforts to douse bush fire in Johor ongoing, said NEA

According to the Meteorological Service Singapore website, the number of hot spots in Malaysia spiked from zero on Wednesday last week, Feb 11, to about 20 on Sunday. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN 
According to the Meteorological Service Singapore website, the number of hot spots in Malaysia spiked from zero on Wednesday last week, Feb 11, to about 20 on Sunday. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN 

SINGAPORE - The Malaysian authorities are still working to douse a fire in Pasir Gudang, Johor, which was the source of slight haze and a burning smell in parts of Singapore in the past few days.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Monday night at about 11.30pm that it understands that the Malaysian efforts - which include trying to put out the fire and capping the burnt areas with soil to prevent fires from recurring - are ongoing.

While Singapore has offered its assistance to fight the fire, "we have not been approached by our Malaysian counterparts", said the agency.

The NEA said on Sunday that the Malaysian authorities had confirmed that a fire originating from a bush fire had affected a landfill cell in Pasir Gudang in southern Johor. This had led to a slight haze in Sengkang, Hougang and Serangoon.

According to the Meteorological Service Singapore website, the number of hot spots in Malaysia spiked from zero on Wednesday last week, Feb 11, to about 20 on Sunday. The number was still about 20 on Monday.

The 24-hour Pollutant Standards ranged from 54 to 62 across Singapore on Tuesday at 10am, within the "moderate" air quality range.

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