According to the National Environment Agency (NEA), the haze is back and the Pollutants Standard Index (PSI) hit 92 – skirting the edge of the “unhealthy” range at 100 – this afternoon at 2pm. Parts of Singapore was found hazy today fueling speculations that the anti-haze agreement signed by Indonesia may turn out to be useless after all.

Photo of haze conditions today by thestraitstimes Kua Chee Siong
Photo of haze conditions today by thestraitstimes Kua Chee Siong

The annual seasonal clearing of forest through burning in Sumatra, Indonesia is back and looks to put Singapore in hazy conditions ahead of the SG50 celebrations. In September 2014, the Indonesian Government become the last country in South East Asia to ratify an agreement on transboundary haze. The Singapore Government has also legislated that they will impose heavy fines on companies that are involved with the forest fire.

Minister of Environment Vivian Balakrishnan has yet to respond on the hazy condition today.

You may view the latest PSI reading here.