Lahore again on top of world’s most polluted cities
A woman holds her child as she carries a bucket filled with water along a road amid smoggy conditions in Lahore.–AFP
There seems to be no respite for the people of Lahore as far as smog is concerned, especially in near future, as the air quality index (AQI) in the city was recorded at 290 early Thursday morning, thus making the city of gardens the most polluted city in the world, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
People are falling prey to eye, skin and throat infections as thick layer of pollutants hanging over their heads is even causing breathing problems.
The situation in other Punjab cities such as Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Bahawalpur is also pathetic as poor air quality is causing health problems in these cities.
Despite Punjab government orders, the brick kilns’ owners in Narowal have refused to convert their kilns into zigzag technology as smoke rising from the chimneys has made the lives of locals miserable.
In the northern Punjab city of Jhelum too, the brick kilns’ owners are defying the provincial government orders, raising questions over inaction on the part of the department for the environment.
Karachi ranked world’s fifth most polluted city:
Air pollution in Karachi, the commercial hub of Pakistan, is also on the rise as it has emerged as the world’s fifth most polluted city.
Strong winds are blowing in the city.
Meanwhile, the met office has forecast dry and cold weather in most parts of the country, including in the federal capital Islamabad and mountainous areas in the north.
According to its prediction, weather will remain cold and dry in the country’s plains, with fog and smog at night and early in the morning.
Reporters Usman Khadim Kamboh, Maida Waheed, Rabia Khan, Yasir Arafat and Amir Kiani