Amidst worsening smog conditions in Lahore, the interim government of Punjab is considering the implementation of artificial rainfall to mitigate the situation. Reports indicate that Lahore is once again enveloped in smog, leading to a significant increase in air pollution levels. The Air Quality Index (AQI) for the city has reached alarming levels, solidifying its status as one of the most polluted cities globally.
The Meteorological Department has predicted no likelihood of natural rainfall in Lahore within the next 24 hours. The escalating smog has posed challenges for residents, prompting medical experts to advise precautionary measures for those venturing outdoors.
Responding to the crisis, Caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab, Mohsin Naqvi, announced the closure of schools and offices across the province on November 18 (Saturday) as part of intensified efforts to combat smog.
Lahore consistently ranks among the top three most polluted cities globally due to widespread smog.
The decision to close educational and administrative institutions followed a meeting chaired by CM Mohsin Naqvi with the provincial Cabinet Committee on smog.