In the morning (local time) of Friday, February 8, a strong and uncomfortable burning smell have been reported in several eastern districts of Singapore, including in Bedok, Pasir Ris, and Tampines, prompting local residents to use face masks. According to the National Environment Agency, the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) value was 63, thus in the "moderate" range (51 to 100). The origin of this smell remains unclear.
Singapore can experience high levels of pollution (haze) from land clearance fires in Indonesia (usually from June to October). The haze can cause disruption to local and regional air travel, and the air pollution may have an impact on public health.
Individuals present in the eastern districts of Singapore - especially the elderly and those with respiratory problems - are advised to minimize outdoors activities as much as possible, keep abreast of the situation, and seek medical assistance if needed.
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