The provincial capital of Punjab, Lahore is suffering record- levels of smog as it engulfed the metropolitan around 9 pm on Wednesday.
The local government of the province has announced emergency measures to try and tackle air pollution. The Punjab government has directed all concerned authorities to intensify their campaign against the toxic air and take possible measures on an urgent basis. The citizens are also advised to take precautionary measures.
Govt of Punjab is monitoring the situation caused by #Smog.
— Government of Punjab (@GOPunjabPK) November 6, 2019
according to a report, the Air Quality Index in Lahore has reached a dangerous level of 455 leaving the fact that the threshold for the hazardous level of air quality is 300.
Meanwhile, the AQI of Punjab Assembly has been recorded at 731, Upper Mall at 647, Defence (DHA) at 401 and Garhi Shahu at 457.
Amidst the toxic and polluted air in the city, the Punjab government has announced the closure of all schools in the city on Thursday.
The Chief Minister of Punjab Usman Buzdar on late Wednesday announced that schools in the metropolis will remain closed on Thursday, adding that, the provincial government is closely monitoring the smog situation in Lahore.
“We are closely monitoring the #LahoreSmog situation.
The administration is already on high alert and has tasked them to escalate actions against crop burning and other factors that contribute to smog”
Due to sudden increase in smog, all schools in Lahore will remain closed tomorrow.
We are closely monitoring the #LahoreSmog situation.
Administration is already on high alert and have tasked them to escalate actions against crop burning and other factors that contribute to smog
— Usman Buzdar (@UsmanAKBuzdar) November 6, 2019
Residents of the city also took to twitter to complain about the thick smog causing breathing problems, scratchy eyes, and sore throat.
Smog hits Lahore and it's extremely bad. It affects eyes so baldy. Please don't travel unless it's necessary. Also please wear face mask. #LahoreSmog
— Shykh Abdullah 🇵🇰 (@abdullahirfan__) November 6, 2019
I am in DHA Lahore right now and the smog is making it difficult for me to breath. Even the smell in the air is like that of something burning. Is it similar elsewhere in the city?
Also, any idea where to buy the masks that filter such air?#LahoreSmog #smog
— Syed Talha سيد طلحة (@DrSyedTalhaShah) November 6, 2019