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The Haze Situation
JAKARTA - Poor visibility forced two Dumai-bound flights to return to Pekanbaru on Monday morning as the haze from nearby forest fires returned to shroud the Indonesian coastal city.
KUALA LUMPUR - Asean environment ministers meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday to discuss ways to combat the haze problem have recommended the adoption of a joint haze monitoring system (HMS).
As Asean environment ministers gather here today to hammer out a solution to the annual haze, a stumbling block has emerged after preparatory meetings that began on Monday.
A SLIGHT haze across Singapore on Friday morning should dissipate by late afternoon, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has said.
New satellite feeds that the Government will soon tap, combined with ground instruments, can help Singapore to better predict haze, said experts.
As the haze disappears from Singapore skies, demand for the N95 masks has followed suit.
SINGAPORE will seek several concrete outcomes at an Asean haze meeting in Kuala Lumpur next week, and topping the agenda is an urgent push for Indonesia to provide official and accurate land concession maps.
SOME mischievous individuals set out to spread rumours and cause unnecessary anxiety during the recent haze, said Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim yesterday.
Singapore's stockpile of nine million N95 masks was not readily available in the shops last month because they were meant for an infectious-disease epidemic, said Dr Ng Eng Hen in Parliament.
The average daily polyclinic cases for conditions that could be triggered or aggravated by the haze has decreased slightly in the last two weeks.
While Singaporeans largely pulled together to help each other during the recent haze crisis, a minority saw fit to spread rumours and cause unnecessary anxiety, Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said in Parliament on Monday.
Singapore will push for accurate land concession maps at an Asean meeting in Kuala Lumpur next week, said Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in Parliament on Monday.
Singapore's inter-agency haze task force actually met on May 29, before the haze occurred, to go over what might happen, revealed Dr Ng Eng Hen in Parliament on Monday.
Singapore is looking at introducing extra-territorial laws to penalise companies found responsible for contributing to the haze, Law Minister K. Shanmugam announced in Parliament on Monday.
Singapore will be even better prepared for the haze if it returns with a vengeance, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, pointing to five key lessons learnt from the latest episode.
Indonesia's government has begun preparations to ratify a regional agreement on combating the haze, Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya said.
The haze outlook for Tuesday is expected to be good, if slightly elevated, and all groups of people including the elderly and pregnant can carry on with their normal activities said the National Environment Agency on Monday.
Switching on the fan at home is not advisable during hazy conditions because it stirs up indoor particles, and well-ventilated classrooms are safer for children than the outdoors even if they lack air-conditioning.
Schools started as planned on Monday, despite some worry in previous weeks that the haze may worsen.
The Government has no plans to roll back or stop its subsidy scheme for haze-related ailments, despite the improving haze situation.
The 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reading is expected to be in the "moderate" range from 6pm Sunday to 6pm Monday, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) in an advisory.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, (AFP) - South-east Asian nations urged Indonesia on Sunday quickly to ratify a treaty aimed at preventing fires in its giant rainforests that regularly inflict choking haze on its neighbours.
PEKANBARU (Riau Province) - Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has declared its 10-day emergency efforts to counter the haze as successful.
The three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) on Sunday afternoon dipped to its lowest since the haze blanketed Singapore two weeks ago.
Due to fine particles in the air, Sunday's haze forecast is expected to be unhealthy.
Satellite images from Nasa shows the dramatic difference between the air last Friday compared to today.
School will re-open on Monday as planned, but the Education Ministry (MOE) has drawn up plans including closing schools if the haze reaches hazardous levels.

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