Singapore: Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency has said that it plans to soon use two helicopters in a water-bombing operation to assist more than 100 firefighters on the ground who are struggling to put out blazes.

Smog in Singapore could last for weeks: PM

Meanwhile, air pollution in Singapore soared to record heights for a third consecutive day.

The blazes in peat swamp forests on Indonesia's Sumatra island have sent massive plumes of smog across the sea to neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia.

Singapore is suffering its worst haze in history. Singapore's main index for air pollution hit a measurement of 401 at midday on Friday, exceeding previous highs of 371 Thursday and 321 on Wednesday, both of which were record readings.

Those measurements were classified as "hazardous" and can aggravate respiratory ailments. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urged people to remain indoors as much as possible.

The dirty, acrid haze has slashed visibility and shrouded many of Singapore's towering landmarks, forcing airports to take extra precautions, the military to reduce outdoor training and some fast food businesses to suspend delivery services.

Singapore's Environment Minister flew to Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, on Friday to discuss measures to tackle the forest fires that break out in Indonesia during midyear dry spells.


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