Smog-Choked Lahore: Schools and Offices to Close on November 10

The caretaker government in Punjab, particularly in Lahore, has taken drastic measures to address the severe smog crisis that has gripped the region. Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi announced the closure of schools and offices in areas heavily affected by smog on November 10. This decision applies to Lahore division, Gujranwala, Nankana Sahib, and Wazirabad for this week only. Furthermore, markets will be closed on Saturday, and hotels, parks, and cinemas will be shut down on both Friday and Saturday, as these businesses typically close on Sundays.

A recent study from the University of Chicago has raised serious concerns about the impact of smog on Lahore’s residents. It reveals that the city’s inhabitants are facing a significant reduction in life expectancy by up to 7 years due to the harmful smog levels. The report also emphasizes the dire consequences of smog exposure on children, likening it to smoking 30 cigarettes a day in terms of health risks.

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This situation highlights the severity of the smog crisis in Lahore and the urgent need for measures to mitigate its effects. The government’s actions aim to protect the health of the population and combat the growing health risks associated with smog. It’s a clear call to address the root causes of the smog problem and work towards cleaner air for the city’s residents.

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