Singapore Affected by Severe Transboundary Smoke Haze in June 2013

Singapore Affected by Severe Transboundary Smoke Haze in June 2013

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20 September 2013
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Between June and early October the Southeast Asian region experiences the Southwest Monsoon season, with the low level prevailing winds generally blowing from the southeast or southwest. This is also the traditional dry season in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and southern Thailand. During the Southwest Monsoon season, smoke haze that originates from widespread land and forest fires is a perennial problem that affects many areas of southern Southeast Asia. Most of these fires are due to land-clearing activities in some parts of the region. The resulting smoke is blown by the prevailing winds towards other parts of the region including Singapore, and is visible as moderate to dense haze. The smoke haze episodes affecting the region were particularly severe during the El Niño years in 1994, 1997 and 2006. >> More

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