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This is what Singapore’s record-high pollution looked like today

Reuters / Edgar Su
Can you spot the skyline?
By Lily Kuo
SingaporePublished Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Pollution in Singapore, the sanitized city-state best known for its ban against chewing gum and littering, hit historic levels today. Forest burning in nearby Indonesia pushed Singapore’s pollution index to 371 by midday, well above the 300 threshold that health officials say is dangerous to public health. (The previous record was in 1996, at 226.) Officials warned Singaporeans to stay indoors. In Malaysia, 200 schools were closed. Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong said the smog could last for weeks.

Reuters / C. Chan, W. Foo
The last update was at 8pm Singapore time on Thursday. Data is from Singapore’s National Environmental Agency.
Reuters / Edgar Su
​Commuters on their way to work in Singapore’s business district.
Reuters / Edgar Su
A man looks out over Singapore’s skyline.
Reuters / Azwar
Every year, farms in Indonesia burn farmland to clear the land, sending haze across Singapore and other nearby countries.
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A family in Dumai in Indonesia’s Riau province, which is covered by haze.
Reuters / Tim Wimborne
Construction workers in Singapore doing morning exercises.
Reuters / Edgar Su
Singaporeans wear masks even indoors to protect themselves from pollution.
Reuters / Edgar Su
Pollution supplies were low at convenience stores across the city.
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A main road in Singapore’s central business district.
Reuters / Edgar Su
Emergency room visits increased over the past week, according to a spokesman for the National University of Singapore Hospital.
Reuters / Edgar Su
Tourists near a statue of Singapore’s national mascot, the Merlion.
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A man walks near Singapore’s business district.

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