A ship is blanketed in thick haze at while unloading cargo at the Tanjong Pagar shipping container port in Singapore, September 24, 2015.
According to Singapore’s National Environment Ministry, haze from agricultural fires in neighboring Indonesia caused the three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) to climb to 314 and the 24-hour figure rose to 223-275 at 10 p.m. local time (1400 GMT) on Thursday. Anything over 300 indicates “hazardous” air quality and 201-300 is “very unhealthy”.
The haze situation is so bad that Singapore Authorities have closed schools Friday and warned citizens to minimize or avoid outdoor activity altogether.
Forecasts for Friday call for continued hazy conditions with the PSI expected to be the “Very Unhealthy” range over the next 24 hours, the National Environment Ministry said.
Here are a few more shots from around Singapore to show you how bad it was on Thursday: