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Pollution levels in Singapore by forest fires in Indonesia are to reach new record highs. The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hit 401 on Friday, the highest ever in Singapore. The previous high was in 1997 when the PSI 226. A PSI of 150 is to be "unhealthy", while anything above 300 is as "hazardous". Singapore's government said a reading above 400 for 24 hours "may be life-threatening to ill and elderly persons". It has all of its citizens to stay indoors and to wear face masks if they have to go outside. Authorities will one million masks free to the poorest 200,000 households from Sunday.

The haze has relations between Singapore and Indonesia over who is responsible for the choking smog. Singapore has Indonesia of recklessness and irresponsibility in fires get so out of control. Indonesia by calling Singapore hypocritical, as many of its companies own plantations where fires are being to clear forests for cultivation. Indonesia's Foreign Ministry would not for the haze crisis, but that everything was being done to the problem. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said "all the country's resources" would be to the fires. Singapore's Prime Minister warned that the haze could last until the end of the dry season in October.

 


 
 

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