ingapore's air quality has never been something to brag about. But due to forest fires on the nearby Indonesian island of Sumatra, the haze in the Southeast Asian city-state has become downright dangerous. According to a pollution standards index, a rating of 200 indicates "very unhealthy" air and 300 is "hazardous." On Thursday, Singapore's rating topped out at a record-breaking 371 before settling around 300.
Residents were told to stay indoors and environmental officials from Indonesia and Singapore called an emergency meeting to discuss the ongoing issue. Meanwhile, the BBC reports that high levels of pollution could last for weeks. Scroll down to see some crazy hazy views.
The nonexistent view of Singapore's business district. (REUTERS/Edgar Su)
Singapore residents cover their mouths while out and about. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)
A motorist drives through the city streets in Pekanbaru, the capital city of the Indonesian province where the forest fires erupted. (REUTERS/Beawiharta)
Visitors try to view the sights in Marina Bay, Singapore. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)
Just in case you thought, even for a moment, eh, that's not bad, let's do a little comparison, shall we?
Here is Singapore's Marina Bay skyline on June 19:
This is the same view seen on July 12, 2012. Which one would you prefer?
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