Lahore’s battle with intense smog continues

smog emergency

LAHORE: Lahore has claimed the unenviable title of the world’s most polluted city on Tuesday due to intense smog, registering an alarming Air Quality Index (AQI) reading of 211 early in the day

This surpasses the threshold of 151, marking the air as unhealthy, and the city has now climbed from the ninth to the top spot on the list of the most polluted cities globally.

Intense smog engulfed DHA phase 5 emerging as the epicenter of pollution in Lahore, with an alarming AQI of 325, while eight other areas recorded readings exceeding 200.

Smog engulfs Lahore: AQI levels rise above 200

The metropolis, along with other cities in Punjab, remains under a month-long smog emergency declared since early November.

Karacchi’s smog level has also climbed up to 185 making it the second most polluted city globally.

The specific atmospheric conditions of smog, a fusion of smoke and fog, prevail as pollution particles combine with cold, moist air, diminishing visibility near ground level.

Lahore weather

Lahore’s weather, described as partly cloudy in the morning, is expected to remain cold and dry for the next 24 hours, with a maximum temperature of 23 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 9 degrees Celsius.

Motorway closures

Travelers on the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway M11 faced disruptions as it was closed due to fog early Tuesday morning, prompting the Motorway Police to advise citizens against unnecessary travel.

A spokesman emphasized the use of fog lights while driving and encouraged seeking guidance through the helpline 130 or Twitter during the journey.

As the city grapples with this environmental crisis, the situation underscores the urgent need for collective measures to address the escalating air pollution.

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