SINGAPORE (AP) Billowing smoke from Indonesian forest fires has worsened Singapore’s air pollution, raising concern among organizers of this weekend’s widely anticipated Formula One night race, as well as in schools that reopened Monday after a weeklong term break.Large parts of neighboring Malaysia were also shrouded in the gray, acrid pall, and an Indonesian province declared an emergency that closed schools and set up health posts to treat those suffering respiratory problems.The Pollutant Standards Index, Singapore’s main measure of air pollution, rose to 222 in the early hours of Monday, the highest level in a year and above the official ”very unhealthy” bandwidth of 200, according to the National Environment Agency. This is particularly taxing on young children, the elderly and those with heart or lung diseases.Persistent haze over the weekend caused the cancellation of several outdoor events, while some organizers of a run required participants to walk the route instead.The organizers of the Singapore Grand Prix were also keeping a close watch on the situation. The F1 race, to be held Friday to Sunday, will feature superstar drivers including Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. The annual extravaganza, which has been held in Singapore since 2008, draws hordes of tourists… Read full this story
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