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Record-breaking air pollution chokes Lahore as AQI crosses 700

Metropolis ranks second among top five most polluted cities in the world

03:10 PM | 12 Nov, 2021
Record-breaking air pollution chokes Lahore as AQI crosses 700

LAHORE – Punjab capital has been engulfed by smog for the past few days as health experts warn of the threat to public health if the harmful air quality levels persist.

Citizens who suffer from respiratory disorders must take special precautions to keep themselves safe as the air quality index in Lahore and its adjoining areas is too high which is considered a health hazard.

Reports quoting figures from the Met department said the Air Quality Index going up to over 700 maximum and about 250 minimum while such levels pose serious health issues to the citizens.

A level of 746 was recorded in Model Town while a staggering 532 was recorded on the upper Mall. According to the Air Quality Index data released on Thursday, Lahore for another time declared the most polluted city in the world.

Meanwhile, the court also took notice of the alarming smog level. Justice Shahid Karim of LHC heard an environmental pollution case earlier today and scolded officials as no measures have been taken by the concerned authorities to curb smog.

The court also appointed a judicial assistant to implement the commission report on smog, environmental pollution, and water pollution.

AQI between 0-50 was considered good in which air quality was satisfactory and it poses little or no health risk, below 100 is said to be ‘moderate’. AQI above 100 is termed unhealthy in which the general public and sensitive people, in particular, are at risk of experiencing irritation and respiratory problems.

Experts said AQI between 200-300 is very unhealthy, during which the general public would be noticeably affected while if level touches 500, it is considered ‘hazardous’.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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