Smog continues to engulf Lahore as AQI reaches 224

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Smog continues to engulf Lahore as AQI reaches 224

LAHORE (Dunya News) - Smog has continued to engulf Lahore as the ranking of Air Quality Index (AQI) has reached 224 today (Monday).

The pollution could not be controlled in provincial capital despite closure of schools and offices three days a week. Air pollution is also increasing in other cities including Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Multan and Bahawalpur.

Residents choking in acrid smog pleaded with officials to take action.

Air pollution has worsened in Pakistan in recent years, as a mixture of low-grade diesel fumes, smoke from seasonal crop burn off, and colder winter temperatures coalesce into stagnant clouds of smog.

Lahore, a bustling megacity of more than 11 million people in Punjab province near the border with India, consistently ranks among the worst cities in the world for air pollution.

In recent years residents have built their own air purifiers and taken out lawsuits against government officials in desperate bids to clean the air -- but authorities have been slow to act, blaming the smog on India or claiming the figures are exaggerated.