Press Esc to close
Wednesday 23 August 2017
News updated at 4:42 AM IST

Thick haze sweeps through Singapore

Singapore, Jun 20, 2013 (PTI) 12:49 IST
A woman wears a mask in a haze blanketed the Singapore Central Business District, or CBD in the background on Thursday, June 20, 2013. A smoky haze triggered by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia has caused air pollution to briefly hit its worst level in nearly 16 years in Singapore. (AP Photo
Smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has choked Singapore, prompting authorities here to take precautionary measures following the worsening pollution level in the city-state.

The haze, blown from fires in Sumatra Island, hit Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia over the weekend and lifted air-pollution indexes.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said its air traffic controllers have increased the separation between flight takeoffs and landings as an added precautionary measure following the worsening haze situation in the city state, Channel News Asia reported today.

CAAS explained that the Runway Visual Range (RVR) reading has dropped to levels lower than 1,500 metres due to the haze.

RVR is a measurement of the horizontal visibility along the runway or the range over which the pilot of an aircraft can see along the runway.

CAAS said a high air Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) may cause the RVR value to fall and therefore may impact flight operations.

Last night Singapore registered PSI of 321.

The air becomes "very unhealthy" if PSI past 200 mark and "hazardous" past 300.
The air quality in Muar city in southern Peninsular Malaysia was hazardous with the air pollutant index (API) reading hitting 337.

In 1997, the RVR was lowest at 800 metres during the worst haze environment but flight operations were maintained then.

Minister of Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan said the haze was set to persist over the next few days, and whether a stop-work order would be issued would depend on the severity of the haze conditions.

Balakrishnan pointed out that this was the worst haze hitting Singapore. Sports facilities and schools might be closed if needed.

The Health Ministry has advised Singaporeans to limit prolonged or heavy outdoor activities.

Singapore's National Environment Agency (NEA) Chief Executive Officer Andrew Tan is leading a delegation to Jakarta today for an emergency haze meeting convened by the Indonesian Foreign Ministry.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A boy running on a wooden bridge through a floating garden of lotus flowers on...

A boy running on a wooden bridge through a floating garden of lotus flowers on...

After their wedding ceremony, groom and bride, Nathan Mauger, Connie Young with...

After their wedding ceremony, groom and bride, Nathan Mauger, Connie Young with...

The moon passes in front of the sun for a total solar eclipse visible...

The moon passes in front of the sun for a total solar eclipse visible...

The sun rises over the coal-fired power station...

The sun rises over the coal-fired power station...

Sikh devotees pray near the Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, during at the Golden Temple...

Sikh devotees pray near the Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, during at the Golden Temple...

Chicken traders sell chicken in a market, in...

Chicken traders sell chicken in a market, in...

Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu at the launch...

Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu at the launch...

Iceland horses run together in their paddock in Wehrheim...

Iceland horses run together in their paddock in Wehrheim...

Devotees participate in the Peli and Kali Marbat procession as part of Pola festival...

Devotees participate in the Peli and Kali Marbat procession as part of Pola festival...

Bollywood actors Jacqueline Fernandez and Aditya Roy Kapur walk the ramp during the grand finale...

Bollywood actors Jacqueline Fernandez and Aditya Roy Kapur walk the ramp during the grand finale...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.