Pakistan

LAHORE – The government of Punjab is reportedly mulling over closing down schools for a scant period of time fearing toxic smog blanketing the province now a days.

This was said by advisor to CM on Health Salman Rafiq while he was talking to newsmen.

Smog has caused a total 610 road accidents in all 36 districts of Punjab during the last 24 hours, killing 20 people and leaving another 506 wounded, Samaa reported.

Health experts have expressed that the patients of asthma should take special care of themselves during the smog.

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According to DG Metrological department, Dr Ghulam Rasool, the thick layer of smog blanketing Lahore and other parts of central Punjab for over the last 48 hours will prevail for next two months.

“This situation is going to last till the end of December, as it hasn’t rained in the central Punjab since October,” said Dr Ghulam Rasool, Director General of the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif formed a committee on Wednesday to fight smog, affecting daily life of citizens especially the motorcyclists.