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Low visibility, health issues as smog continues to engulf parts of Punjab

LAHORE – A thick blanket of smog has continued to engulf various parts of Punjab including Lahore, creating breathing difficulties and irritation in eyes for the locals.

Air pollution must not exceed 80 microgram per cubic meter as per standard measures but the same has exceeded 200 microgram per cubic meter in multiple areas of Lahore. Experts have warned against condensing of smog in days to come as farmers burn paddy straw in Punjab.

According to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country. Foggy/Misty weather conditions are expected to persist in plain areas of Punjab.

Lahore High Court had also expressed exasperation over worsening situation whereas Environment Protection Department Secretary, in written reply, has informed court that situation is deteriorating due to burning of paddy straw in Indian state Haryana.

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