Lahore on Tuesday became the world’s third most polluted city as increasing smog has engulfed Pakistan’s cultural capital, an air quality monitoring company said.
The bad air has sickened hundreds with respiratory and other illnesses.
Lahore ranked third behind Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar on the pollution index, according to Switzerland-based air quality information platform IQAir.
Increasing air pollution and smog have forced authorities to order a partial closure of schools in Lahore, once known as the city of gardens. Authorities said they closed some factories and some were fined for not using technology that helps in controlling pollution.
Doctors are advising people to wear face masks to avoid respiratory related diseases.
Rafeh Alam, a environmental expert who has been campaigning to create awareness among people about the dangers of increasing pollution, said many people, including women and children, have been exposed to toxic air, which causes several diseases. He urged the government to take measures to reduce air pollution.
Adding to vehicle and industry pollution is the popular practice among poor Pakistani farmers of setting fire to remnants of the previous season’s crop before preparing land for the next planting. Winds worsen the pollution by further spreading smog across the region.
New Delhi’s air pollution still extremely high despite emergency measuresAir pollution remained extremely high in the Indian capital on Thursday, a day after authorities closed schools indefinitely and shut some power ... World News
Exposure to air pollution linked to higher risk of COVID-19 hospitalization: StudyPrevious exposure to air pollution may mean a person is more likely to be hospitalized if they catch COVID-19, a new UK report has found.Researchers ... Coronavirus
Top court fines French state $11 million over air pollution levelsFrance’s highest administrative court on Wednesday fined the state 10 million euros ($11.9 million) for failing to improve air quality in several ... Healthy Living
Nepal’s schools close as air pollution hits alarming levelsNepal has ordered schools to close for four days after air pollution climbed to hazardous levels, forcing millions of students to stay home across the ... World News