Lahore’s air quality still unhealthy despite smart lockdown in Punjab

12:00 PM | 19 Nov, 2023
Lahore’s air quality still unhealthy despite smart lockdown in Punjab
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LAHORE – The air quality in Lahore persisted as unhealthy despite the imposition of a ‘smart lockdown’ by the interim Punjab government.

Sunday morning registered an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 380 in Lahore, categorizing it as hazardous. PM2.5, the primary pollutant, remained a concern due to its ability to penetrate the lungs and bloodstream, posing severe health risks.

The objective of the ‘smart lockdown’ was to curb vehicular and industrial emissions, known contributors to the smog formation. Additional measures included a ban on burning crop residues, garbage, tires, polythene bags, and leather across the province.

However, these initiatives appeared to have limited impact as Lahore and neighboring districts continue to grapple with the persistent smog.

Health experts advise the public to take precautions, including the use of face masks, to mitigate the dangers posed by the ongoing smog.

The toxic smog’s toll has led to over 12,000 reported cases of illness. According to sources from the Punjab Health Department (PHD), hospitals admitted 3,347 patients at General Hospital, 2,487 at Jinnah Hospital, 2,876 at Mayo Hospital, 5,187 at Services Hospital, and 1,859 at Sir Gangaram Hospital emergencies due to smog-related health issues.

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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