Fires from Indonesia continue to cover the region in a toxic haze and has made Singapore one of the most polluted cities in the world.
Pollutant Standard Index (PSI) readings, a way to measure air quality, were as high as 128 PSI on Thursday in Singapore. PSI readings between 101 to 200 is considered extremely unhealthy.
“Given the air quality forecast for the next 24 hours, healthy persons should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion,” said Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA).
“The elderly, pregnant women and children should minimize prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion, while those with chronic lung or heart disease should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion,” it added.
Singapore reached the top ten on the world’s most polluted cities list this week, ranking between Dehli, India and Kuwait City, Kuwait.
The seasonal Indonesian slash-and-burn agricultural fires have wreaked havoc in neighboring Malaysia as well.
Malaysia’s Ministry of Education announced that it was forced to shut down 2,500 schools in the country due to toxic air pollution from the Indonesian fires.