October 23rd, 2010 admin
You could almost SMELL it.
Besides the reduced visibility which greets you as you step out of your air-conditioned office, you could almost detect the burnt smell in the air you breathe. The fires in Sumatra, caused by irresponsible clearing of private plots, had not subsided and the Pollution Standards Index (PSI) is on the rise. You worry about your children getting asthma attacks and the exacerbation of cough on your grandparents.
Nothing much you can do these days except to stay indoor where possible and reduce exercising outdoor. While you might still be complaining, do note the both Singapore and Johor Bahru are actually not the worst hit by the Sumatra fire.
For both Singaporeans and Johoreans whom might be making any trips further north in Johor State or towards Kuala Lumpar, you should also check out the PSI reading in Malaysia first. This is important as the PSI readings might reach hazardous levels in parts of Malaysia. A good example is Muar (Johor), where the API hits a peak of 432 on 20 Oct 2010 (the air quality in Malaysia is reported as the API or Air Pollution Index, which is based closely on the PSI).
You can go to the Department of Environment (DOE, Malaysia) website to obtain the latest PSI readings in Malaysia here: http://www.doe.gov.my/. This on top of 2 other essential websites: LTA’s Live webcam and limsimi.com, of course.
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