Pakistan orders closure of private offices and schools on Mondays in Lahore to combat toxic smog

Pakistan’s northern Lahore city will implement lockdown-like measures by extending its weekends until mid-January next year to tackle toxic smog that has blanketed the country’s agrarian states during the winter season.Authorities in the country’s second-largest city and the capital of Punjab province will shut schools and offices every Monday until 15 January 2022, leading to an extended weekend in an attempt to reign in choking air pollution, which has led to clouds of thick brown smog engulfing the city and its surrounding areas.Punjab’s relief commissioner Babar Hayat Tarar said in his directive that the efforts were aimed to act “as...
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Lahore named most polluted city in world

The Pakistani city of Lahore has been named the most polluted city in the world, according to a report by The Associated Press. According to Swiss air monitoring company IQAir, Lahore has an air quality index of 203 on the US AQI scale. Delhi, India, follows Lahore with an air...

Pakistan’s Lahore becomes world’s 3rd most polluted city

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — 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...

Delhi to reopen schools as smog goes from worse to bad

India's polluted capital will reopen schools on Monday, one week after it announced a partial shutdown over dangerous air pollution levels, authorities said Wednesday. Gopal Rai, Delhi state's environment minister, told journalists that pollution levels in the city had "improved in the last three days" and some of the restrictions would be relaxed.

Pakistani cultural capital is now world’s most polluted city

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A thick cloud of smog has enveloped Pakistan’s cultural capital, earning it the ignominious title of the world’s most polluted city, according to a Swiss air quality monitoring company. Platform IQAir says that Lahore now stands at the top of its polluted cities ranking, with an air quality index of 203 on the US AQI scale, versus runner-up Dehli, India, with 183. That standing was at 0949 GMT on Wednesday; the two cities had traded places at least once over the course of the morning. Increasing smog and particle-laden air has sickened thousands of people with respiratory and other illnesses, forcing many to stay at home on particularly dirty days like Wednesday.