Haze to persist on Monday; 24-hour PSI forecast to remain in unhealthy range

A woman taking a picture on her smartphone at VivoCity as haze covers Sentosa in the background, at about 5pm on Oct 25, 2015.
A woman taking a picture on her smartphone at VivoCity as haze covers Sentosa in the background, at about 5pm on Oct 25, 2015.ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN

SINGAPORE - Hazy conditions and reduced visibility in Singapore are expected to continue on Monday (Oct 26), said the National Environment Agency (NEA) in its latest update at 6pm on Sunday. 

With prevailing winds forecast to blow from the east or southeast, air pollution levels are expected to be in the mid to high sections of the unhealthy range. 

The haze could deteriorate further should denser smoke be blown in from Indonesia's Kalimantan region, NEA added. Three and 212 hotspots were detected in Sumatra and Kalimantan respectively on Sunday. 

The air quality for the next 24 hours is expected to be in the mid to high sections of the unhealthy range, NEA said.

After breaching the very unhealthy (201-300) mark on Saturday, the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) fell slightly to hover in the low to mid sections of the unhealthy (101-200) range throughout Sunday. 

As of 10pm, the 24-hour PSI was 131-157 and the 3-hour PSI reading had crept upto 164.

At 7pm, the 24-hour PSI was 127-148, while the 3-hour PSI stood at 157. 

 
 

In Indonesia, the government is planning to claw back concessions in peatlands that have not been cultivated to prevent companies from using the slash-and-burn method to clear land.

The country's Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan told The Sunday Times that peatland restoration had to be the focus of efforts to end the haze crisis.

According to estimates, the forest fires that have blanketed parts of South-east Asia over the past two months have destroyed 1.7 million hectares of land in Indonesia.

Meanwhile, the 40-man team from the Singapore Armed Forces and Singapore Civil Defence Force returned home on Saturday after spending two weeks combating haze-related fires in Palembang.

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