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The haze is back in Malaysia and across areas of South East Asia.
The air pollution is caused by the burning of forests and peat land in Indonesia so it can be used for growing crops (mostly palm oil).
Indonesia is known for this annual haze event that effects neighboring countries and it has been blamed for deaths and illness. Thanks Indonesia!!
Apparently the Indonesian Government has declared a state of emergency in six province and has always been saying that they are cracking down on the slash-and-burn activities for f**king many years.
On Friday, air pollution officially measured in Singapore Pollutant Standards Index (PSI). Anything over 100 is considered unhealthy. Though the 24-hour average so far on Friday was only slightly over that, the three-hour reading at 14:00 local time was 215.
The Air Pollutant Index (API) in most areas may be at normal level but already, reports are coming in of hazy conditions and a burning smell in the air.
Members of the public have noted that the Petronas Twin Towers in the city centre are slowly becoming less visible due to the depreciating visibility level.
Every year Indonesia sees agricultural fires across Sumatra, and in parts of Kalimantan on Borneo island. About 100 “hotspots” were detected on Friday.