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Lahore smog: tops list of most polluted city
- Web Desk
- Nov 23, 2023
LAHORE: Smog has tightened its grip in Lahore as it now bears the unfortunate title of topping the chart globally as the most populated country with an air quality index (AQI) of 504.
This atmospheric intruder is felt distinctly across Lahore’s neighborhoods. The US consulate area faces an alarming AQI of 503, while The Mall records 308, Phase-8, Defence Housing Authority (DHA) reports 344, and Johar Town marks 313.
Due to reduced wind speed, various types of particulate gas/dust PM 2.5 and PM 10 particles are poisoning the atmosphere along with fog.
Due to increasing smog level in Lahore, medical experts have cautioned residents to limit unnecessary travel, a precautionary measure against the health risks posed by the pervasive haze.
On the other hand, the city of Karachi is also ranked sixth in the world.
Simultaneously, as Lahore contends with this challenge, temperatures are on a downward slide, adding fog to the city’s complexity.
The weather department, on the other hand, predicted dry weather for the city during the next 24 hours.
It forecast that maximum temperature in the city would be recorded at 26 degrees Celsius while it would be 13 degrees Celsius on the minimum side during the next 24 hours.
It further said that the weather would remain cloudy in the city on Saturday and Sunday.
Smog holiday in Lahore
Earlier the Lahore High Court (LHC) had ordered a new weekly holiday for schools and colleges in Punjab on Saturdays until the end of January 2024 in order to curb the worsening smog situation in the province.
Furthermore, Justice Shahid Karim of the Lahore High Court (LHC) had directed the concerned officials to issue a notification in this regard. As per the Lahore High Court (LHC) directives, there will be an extra weekly holiday for schools and colleges in Punjab’s smog affected districts.