Karachi tops world’s polluted cities’ list, smog persists in Lahore

KARACHI: Karachi made a shocking distinction by becoming the most polluted city in terms of air quality on Sunday.

The concentration of pollutants in Karachi was recorded at 244 AQI on Sunday morning. Over the past few years, according to the yearly report issued by IQAir, it is evident that pollution levels in Karachi have not improved but have worsened.

It’s worth noting that an AQI reading in the range of 151-200 is considered unhealthy, while an AQI reading between 201 and 300 is even more detrimental to health.

Meanwhile, the weather will remain dry and cold in Karachi with cold breeze will blow in the night during the next 24 hours.

Karachi’s temperature in the morning was recorded at 18 degrees centigrade, while the maximum temperature will remain between 28 to 30 degrees centigrade.

Smog persists in Lahore

The provincial capital and the Punjab remained engulfed in smog on Sunday morning and Lahore remained at second place in the list of most polluted cities of the world.

The air quality index (AQI) of Lahore was 320 in the morning. Karachi followed with AQI 244. Smog, which is a mix of smoke and fog, reduced considerably when the caretaker Punjab government had taken a bold decision to clamp down a smart lockdown on 10 districts of Punjab late last month.

Doctors, in the meanwhile, advised people to wear face masks as respiratory problems surged by breathing in the polluted air.



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