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Singapore's Air Quality Worsens Amid Forest Fires in Sumatra

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  • Singapore says 58 hotspots detected in Sumatra on Sunday
  • City-state's pollutant reading rose to as high as 183 Sunday

Singapore’s air quality worsened, reaching the higher end of the "unhealthy" range as wind carried smoke haze from forest fires in neighboring Indonesia.

The three-hour gauge pollutant index was at 161 as of 10 p.m. local time on Sunday, after rising to as high as 183 in the late afternoon, according to data published by the National Environment Agency. An index reading between 101 and 200 is deemed “unhealthy.”

The agency detected 58 so-called hotspots in Sumatra on Sunday and some of the haze from the western Indonesian island has spread to the sea areas south of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca, according to a statement posted on the environment agency’s website.

“The current hazy conditions are expected to persist” through Monday, according to the statement. “Reduced visibility is also expected.”

Indonesia has enlisted help from its neighbors to fight the fires, with Malaysia and Singapore sending aircraft to carry out water bombing in Sumatra, the country’s disaster agency said.