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Singapore shuts schools, distributes masks for haze

By Agencies in Singapore ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-09-26 08:32:54

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Singapore shut schools on Friday and began distributing free antipollution masks to the elderly and other vulnerable people as a thick smoky haze cast covered the island nation with pollution reaching its worst level this year.

The haze - a pall of grayness that resembles wintry fog and virtually obliterates the skyline while even seeping inside homes - is an annual problem for the region, resulting from forests being burned in neighboring Indonesia to clear the land for farming.

Singapore shuts schools, distributes masks for haze

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