There we go again as if like an annual festival, the haze is back – yet again.
Some of you may remember one of the worst haze condition in Singapore back in 2015 where the highest 3-hour PSI read was 471.
As a result of that, we have got a number of memes.
And, seems like its the season to reuse these memes again.
Haze Is Officially Back
This was the view from our office last Saturday, 14 September 2019:
Feels like Genting, except this is at Bukit Batok Cresent. Taken with a phone that’s worse than iPhone 3S.
So, that time of the year is back and haze is back.
This time around with PSI level hitting an all-new high since 2016.
On 14 September 2019, it was reported that the air quality in Singapore had taken a sharp turn for the worse with PSI reading hitting over 100 in the west.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) also announced that school will be closing if the air quality forecast enters “Hazardous” level, which is a PSI reading of above 300.
But, according to Channel NewsAsia, Singapore’s air quality is forecasted to “gradually improve” if the current wind conditions continue.
Here’s the current PSI reading as of 17 September 2019, 10.14am:
Not the best, but not bad enough to get MOE to close the schools.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case in Indonesia as deaths, believed to be caused by the haze, have been reported.
Two Deaths Due To Haze Reported
Lest you have forgotten, back in 2015, MOE did close all Primary and Secondary schools from 25 to 28 September 2015 due to the worsening haze condition.
Indonesia, too, suffered huge consequences back in 2015 as 19 people died due to the forest fire – either while fighting the fire, or due to pollution – and with half a million respiratory tract infections reported.
Regrettably, tragedy seems to be repeating itself this year.