NEA says it detected 173 hotspots in Sumatra on Wednesday [News]

June 20, 2013 by  
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By Channel NewsAsia, 20 Jun 2013.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said 173 hotspots were detected in Sumatra, Indonesia, on Wednesday and 187 detected on Tuesday.

The agency said it expects the wind and weather to remain constant, and so the haze will persist.

It also expects the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) to increase overnight and reach the “very unhealthy” levels of 200 to 300.

The three-hour PSI reading had hit an unprecedented high of 321 at 10pm on Wednesday evening, but the 24-hour reading is in the range of 130 to 150.

Based on the 24-hour PSI readings, the Ministry of Health (MOH) is advising that Singaporeans limit prolonged or heavy outdoor activities.

In particular, children, the elderly and those with heart or lung diseases, should avoid outdoor activities and seek medical treatment early if they feel unwell.

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Source: Channel NewsAsia

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