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Haze hides Singapore after illegal Sumatra jungle fires

The haze is the result of illegal burning of forests in Indonesia. Credit: RTV

A haze is blanketing Singapore after fires in Indonesia, which could persist for weeks or even longer, according to the Prime Minister.

The Singapore skyline has been obscured by the smoke haze. Credit: APTN

Lee Hsien Loong warned of consequences if Singapore-linked companies were found responsible for the burning.

The illegal burning of forests and other land on Indonesia's Sumatra island, to the west of Singapore, to clear space for palm oil plantations is a chronic problem, particularly during the June to September dry season.

The Singapore skyline has been obscured by the smoke haze. Credit: APTN

At 1 pm local time yesterday, Singapore's pollution standards index (PSI) soared to a new high of 371, indicating air quality was "hazardous".

The Singapore skyline has been obscured by the smoke haze. Credit: APTN