Hazardous air quality levels in Indonesia and Singapore

Indonesia has declared a state of emergency for the Riau province on Sumatra Island due to smog and haze reaching health hazard levels. Smog levels in Sumatra and Borneo have led to some cancellations of flights and school closures.

Air quality in Singapore has also reached an unhealthy range. Several sports events have been cancelled. On Sumatra and Indonesian Borneo, land is cleared for plantations using the illegal slash-and-burn method. The fires cause an annual air quality problem during dry season for surrounding areas.

Travellers should be prepared for travel disruptions to flights due to reduced visibility.

There is concern that this weekend’s Formula 1 night race will be affected due to reduced visibility for drivers.

Advice For Travellers

On Sumatra and Indonesian Borneo, land is cleared for plantations using the illegal slash-and-burn method. The fires cause an annual air quality problem during dry season for surrounding areas.

Travellers should be prepared for travel disruptions to flights due to reduced visibility. Limit outdoor activities, particularly those with respiratory health problems. A face mask provides only limited protection.

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