The yearly haze is back in Singapore but many are doubting the official 24hr-Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) level of 70-range as there is a burning smell and visibility is limited to about 500m.

According to the National Environment Agency (NEA), the average PSI level for the past few days was in the moderate-range and peaked at only 84psi on 8pm last night (March 30). However photos uploaded on the internet seemingly suggested the haze level to be much worse:

Photo from Wee Teck Hian
Photo from Wee Teck Hian
Photo of haze from Todayonline
Photo of haze from Todayonline

Local authorities blamed the haze on local vegetation fire and fire in Eastern Malaysia. On the ASEAN haze monitoring website, the wind direction suggested that the haze are trans-boundary and largely came from Malaysia.

Screenshot from ASEAN haze monitoring
Screenshot from ASEAN haze monitoring
Screenshot from CNA video
Screenshot from CNA video