Lahore is choking on smog, as the quality of air continues to deteriorate. Smog has plagued different part of the city as smoke erupting from traffic congestion, bricks kiln and steel mills, burning of rice stubble and garbage keeps worsening the situation. On December 3rd, Lahore topped the list of cities with the worst air quality according to the world’s largest air quality database and ranks the world’s cities according to the AQI (Air Quality Index), named Air Visual. Second and third spots belonged to India’s Delhi and Kosovo’s Pristina.
Majority of the people in the city of 11 million are suffering from headaches and burning eyes and throats as the aftermath. On some of the days, this winter already, air pollution levels this winter have days hit five times the legal limit as per AirVisual App. The toxic air quality can be the contributing cause of bronchial infections, heart problems, asthma and lung damage.
“The air pollution in Lahore is bad throughout the year, but in the winter there is temperature inversion where a layer of warm air is prevented from rising and it traps all the pollutants below it, which renders them visible” – says Rafay Alam, an environmental lawyer, while talking to a local news source.
General Physician Dr Hussain Chohan says that excessive use of air conditioning and less water intake is making the situation worse.
“Children and elderly are the worst affected. Use of air-conditioning and less water intake aggravates the symptoms,” he said.
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