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Photo Above: Students cycle through the haze-blanketed town of Kayu Agung district in this October 16, 2006 file photo. The clouds of pollution that waft over Asia are an annual bombardment that millions in Asia have to endure as governments struggle to stop their neighbours' annual dust storms, smoke haze and industrial air pollution. (REUTERS/Crack Palinggi /Files)


May 01, 2007
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Take one last look at the government pollution Web site to check the air toxicity outside, then grab your keys and go.This is the "haze routine" Singaporeans may dust off this summer if Indonesia's annual forest fires again smother the island in noxious yellow smoke.

"You just click refresh," said Yu Mei Balasingamchow, who checked a government pollution web page before leaving her house every day last year as the pollution index rocketed to levels so unhealthy the government advised children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems to stay indoors.

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