Smog Emergency in Punjab, Pakistan Leads to Public Holiday and Health Restrictions

In Punjab, Pakistan, smog has caused the government to declare a health emergency and a Public Holiday in Lahore, Gujranwala, and other areas. Heavy smog is affecting people’s health and reducing their life expectancy.

Due to severe smog problem in Punjab, the government declared November 10th (Friday) as a public holiday in Lahore division, Gujranwala, and other areas.

A notice stated that the public holiday would be observed in Lahore Division, including Districts Lahore, Nankana Sahib, Sheikhupura, and Kasur, as well as Districts Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Sialkot, and Narowal, except for offices exempted by the Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department.

Pakistan, previously, declared a health emergency in Lahore and two other areas from November 9th to 12th.

During this emergency period, all public and private markets, shopping malls, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, schools, and businesses in Lahore, Gujranwala, and Hafizabad remained closed.

Increased industrialization in the region, including factories, building sites, and cars, has led to higher pollution levels.

Cooler fall and winter weather worsens the problem, as temperature inversion traps pollutants close to the ground.

Recent heavy smog in Lahore severely affected visibility and raised health concerns.

Air pollution in Lahore, one of Pakistan’s most polluted regions, can reduce life expectancy by over five years, according to an August study highlighting health risks.

Conclusion Of smog problem in Punjab/Public Holiday:

Due to severe smog problem in Punjab, the government declared November 10th (Friday) as a Public Holiday in Lahore division, Gujranwala, and other areas.

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