Singapore Smog Reaches ‘Hazardous’ All-Time High


Singapore’s smog level reached a all-time high Thursday, as officials head to Jakarta to discuss ways to stem the pollution caused by forest burning on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Bloomberg reports that Singapore’s Pollutant Standards Index jumped to 371 at 1 p.m., the National Environment Agency, or NEA, said on its website.

That exceeded the 321 at 10 p.m. yesterday evening, which was a record, according to Channel NewsAsia. A reading above 300 is deemed 'hazardous'.

The Malay Peninsula has been plagued for decades by forest fires in Sumatra to the west and Kalimantan on Borneo island to the east. The current smog could hurt the city-state’s services industries such as tourism, according to Wai Ho Leong, an economist at Barclays in Singapore. The Gardens by the Bay, a park in central Singapore, said on its website it will close some attractions if the pollution index is above 100.

A week of 'unhealthy' readings may shut down leisure travel into Singapore for at least a month, maybe longer, Leong said. 'That disruption could mean roughly $1bn in terms of reduced shop takings, empty rooms, fewer flights'.

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