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Pollution in Singapore caused by forest fires in Indonesia are continuing to reach new highs. The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hit 401 on Friday, the highest ever recorded in Singapore. The high was in 1997 when the PSI 226. A PSI of 150 is deemed to be "", while anything above 300 is defined as "hazardous". Singapore's said a reading above 400 sustained for 24 hours "may be life- to ill and elderly persons". It has advised all of its 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 starting from Sunday.

The haze has strained between Singapore and Indonesia over who is responsible for the smog. Singapore has accused Indonesia of and irresponsibility in letting fires get so out of . Indonesia responded by calling Singapore , as many of its companies own plantations where fires are being set to clear forests for . Indonesia's Foreign Ministry would not apologise for the haze crisis, but insisted that everything was being to tackle the problem. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said "all the country's " would be mobilised to the fires. Singapore's Prime Minister warned that the haze could last until the end of the season in October.

 


 
 

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