Can you imagine how it must be if every breath you took threatened to choke you? Mothers must worry about the long term effect on their children.
In Singapore, air quality continued to improve after last week's record haze as wind conditions changed. Officials warned against complacency, saying the situation could deteriorate again if monsoon winds carrying smoke and particulates from Indonesia's island of Sumatra changed direction.
So, the smoke blows away from Singapore, giving them relief, only to hit the residents of Indonesia.
I'm familiar with both places. I stayed in Singapore for three weeks in the 80s and became familiar with the polite people in their clean city. I can picture their relief as they go about their daily lives. In the 70s, I spent two weeks in Bali, a province of Indonesia. My mother and I visited the temples and traveled along the roads beside rice fields. Who could forget the Balinese people who show great reverence to everyone they met?
The smoky haze may be life threatening to vulnerable people—different to traffic pollution but equally toxic. The immediate effects of smog can include problems with breathing, wheezing, coughing and watery eyes. In the longer term, prolonged exposure to air pollution of any kind can have an impact on human health and reduce life expectancy. Masks may be sufficient to keep out some particles, but other gases would go straight through them.
I don't want the wind to blow the smog on anyone. If only I could send the drenching rain from India in Indonesia's direction. Don't think there's nothing you can do, because you can—just by using the power of the mind. I once concentrated on a cyclone off the Australian north-west coast and it disappeared overnight. If each of us wishes the fire to die, it must have an impact especially since government leaders throughout the world are working toward pollution control.