Thai travellers told to avoid smog-hit Singapore

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The Thai Embassy in Singapore has issued a travel warning for Thais, suggesting they avoid travelling to the island state, which has been hit hard by the smog crisis.

The warning comes as Singapore suffers the highest levels of air pollution in 16 years.

The embassy recommended that Thais in Singapore as well as those with plans to travel there closely monitor the haze situation, which is expected to continue for the next few weeks, by visiting the website of the National Environment Agency at

It said the smog index has hit the critical 400 level, making it potentially life threatening to the sick, elderly, children, pregnant women as well as those suffering from heart and lung disease. The record level was reached after a rapid rise in the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI), which measures the haze crisis caused by Indonesian forest fires.

It also recommended avoiding open-air activities for extended periods and wearing an N-95 mask for any outdoor activities.

Concerning Thai workers in Singapore, the embassy said it was cooperating with the labour office in Singapore to inform employers and workers about the situation. The employers have been instructed to supply masks to workers and to allow the workers to suspend their work with pay if the situation worsens.



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