Singapore will close schools on Friday due to pollution

The Daily Mail reports:

Singapore has announced that it will close all of its primary and secondary schools in response to worsening air pollution caused by slash-and-burn agriculture in neighbouring Indonesia. Image by taesmileland.

Singapore has announced that it will close all of its primary and secondary schools in response to worsening air pollution caused by slash-and-burn agriculture in neighbouring Indonesia.
Image by taesmileland.

“Singapore will close all primary and secondary schools on Friday as worsening pollution causes air quality to deteriorate, the Ministry of Education said late on Thursday.

Slash-and-burn agriculture in neighbouring Indonesia has blanketed Singapore in a choking haze for weeks, and the air quality has worsened since Wednesday night.

The three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reading climbed to 314 and the 24-hour figure rose to 223-275 at 10 p.m. local time (1400 GMT). Anything over 300 indicates “hazardous” air quality and 201-300 is “very unhealthy”, Singapore’s National Environment Agency says on its website.”

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