In a country that prides itself on providing high quality of life and efficiency, the thick blanket of haze that has descended upon Singapore in the past week has become a major disruption to those residing in the wealthy Southeast Asian nation.
The Pollutant Standard Index, a measure of air quality, surged to a record high of 401 on Friday, a level that's deemed "hazardous" by Singapore authorities.
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Pharmacies and department stores have been swamped by residents scrambling to purchase respiratory face masks and air purifiers that are reportedly sold out in most places.
Local hospitals have also seen a rise in patients with haze-related conditions such as such as eye irritation and chest pain, according to local media reports, with more workers taking sick leave as well.
Schools, which are the heart of the city state's highly-educated population, have been forced to cancel outdoor activities for children and reduce physical indoor activities.
While the haze in Singapore is an annual phenomenon caused by Indonesian crop burning, this year it has come earlier than usual and is much worse than normal. Levels seen on Friday were almost double those during Southeast Asia's prolonged haze crisis in 1997, when the PSI reached 226.