Record pollution as smoky haze shrouds Singapore

Air pollution levels in Singapore have soared to a 16-year record high for a third consecutive day, as a smoky haze from forest fires in Indonesia shrouds the city state.

Its main air pollution index hit a measurement of 401 at midday, which is classified as "hazardous" and can aggravate respiratory ailments, the Associated Press reports.

A man wearing a mask walks past the skyline of Singapore's business district Credit: Reuters/Edgar Su

Indonesia's Environment Minister met with Singapore's Environment and Water Resources Minister today to discuss solutions and efforts to mitigate the impact of the fires.

People wearing masks as they cross a street in Singapore's Orchard Road Shopping Area Credit: Reuters

The haze is a recurring problem as a result of forest fires in the dry season, some of which are deliberately started to clear land for cultivation.

A firefighter sprays water into burnt peatland in Palalawan district in Riau province Credit: Reuters/Fikih Nauli

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Haze still polluting Singapore

Haze from fires in Indonesia have enveloped Singapore for a fourth day with pollution levels at a record high in one of Southeast Asia's worst air-pollution crises.