Haze threat looms over Singapore as Indonesia forest fires rage

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JAKARTA (BLOOMBERG) - Air quality in Singapore and parts of Malaysia may worsen in the coming days, with Indonesian authorities warning of more forest fires in the region already in the grip of an unusually long dry weather spell.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

JAKARTA - Air quality in Singapore and parts of Malaysia may worsen in the coming days, with Indonesian authorities warning of more forest fires in the region already in the grip of an unusually long dry weather spell.

While the bulk of the hotspots were in Indonesia, there was no trans-boundary smoke detected in Singapore and peninsular Malaysia that had spread from neighboring Sumatra region, the agency said in a statement. In a post on Facebook, the minister said,"The number of hotspots today is a third of the hotspots registered on Sep 4 and 5," she said.

Data from Singapore's National Environment Agency showed the air quality in the island nation, though moderate on Monday, has been worsening since last week. The environment ministry is looking into cloud seeding, and authorities are also sending a diplomatic note to Indonesia to demand immediate steps to fight forest fires, Malaysian newspaper The Star reported on Friday.

 

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