LAHORE – Smog in Pakistan’s second-largest city Lahore has increased to alarming levels, and the Air Quality Index hovers around 400 mark.
The toxic atmosphere in provincial capital is the recurrent situation and it even caused a so-called fifth season of smog that continues to affect the health and daily activities of residents.
On Tuesday, Lahore again topped the charts of being the fmost polluted city in the world as the Air Quality Index (AQI) measured 399 today.
AQI in Lahore’s Amir Town was recorded at an alarming 444 level, and PM2.5 concentration in Lahore is currently 46.8 times the WHO annual air quality guideline value.
Experts cautioned people to avoid outdoor exposure, close windows to avoid dirty outdoor air, wear a mask outdoors, and run an air purifier for the fresh air.
Over the weekend, rain cut the density of thick smog that had engulfed the provincial capital of Punjab for several days, but the situation continues to deteriorate.
Lahore High Court ordered the Punjab government to close all schools and colleges on Saturdays across the province to tackle smog.
Justice Shahid Waheed issued the order while hearing petitions related to measures being taken by the government to curb air pollution that is posing serious threats to the health of citizens.
While rebuking the Lahore commissioner for failing to control smog, he ordered him to formulate a policy for introducing work-from-home police for two day a week.
Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.
On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.
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