Smog intensity likely to plummet as MET dept predicts rain

LAHORE – Pakistan Metrological Department has predicted rain at scattered places across Punjab including federal province Lahore today.MET department—in a statement—said that the intensity of toxic smog is likely to plummet siginificanlty as a result of rain.Every year, the densely populated Punjab is engulfed by toxic smog from October to November. Besides breathing issues, the toxic smog brings with it diseases like flu, allergy and eyes problem.Punjab has been engulfed by smog at time when Lahore along with Sindh’s capital Karachi have been listed among top 11 cities with worst air quality by monitoring agency AirVisual.Lahore and Karachi have been ranked number 5 and 11 respectively. India’s Mumbai, Kolkata, and New Delhi also feature in the list and occupy top three positions respectively. Crop stubble burning, a major source of pollution, vehicular exhaust and a drop-off in wind speeds have aggravated the smog in and around New Delhi, which is likely to worsen around November 7, when fireworks will set off to celebrate the major Hindu festival of Diwali.

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