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Singapore air pollution reaches record high

Digital writers

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:38 PM -

Air pollution has briefly reached its worst level in 16 years on Monday in Singapore, due to wildfires burning on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

File photo/Wikimedia Commons

File photo/Wikimedia Commons

The air pollution index hit 155 Monday night, its second-highest level since 1997, when it reached 226.

It was between 104 and 123 Tuesday. A reading between 101 and 200 is considered hazardous. 

Smoke pollution is an annual problem for Singapore and its northern neighbour Malaysia due to fires caused by Indonesian farmers trying to clear their land.

Indonesian officials say this year's problems are being exacerbated by peat fires. 

In Singapore, schools have been closed due to the poor air quality and some residents have been wearing respirators.

With files from the Canadian Press

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